Stars, and Their Head Shots, Before Hitting It Big

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In an industry determined by looks, an actor’s head shot is (unfortunately) key to their success. Originally a fashion photographer, Andrew Brucker transitioned to portraiture after Davien Littlefield, formerly of Elite Model Management, suggested he take the photographs of those in the agency with Hollywood dreams. This, however, was the eighties-a decade in which photography was anything but subtle (remember those laser beam backdrops and Texas-sized hair dos?). Taking issue with this outdated approach, Brucker, aided by his fashion photography background, set out to transition the convention of the head shot, and gained a following with many of Hollywood’s newbies. Brucker’s book, 8×10, includes many of these early head shots, as well as insider scoop on the celebrities before they hit it big. Above: Naomi Watts, 1986 and Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big), 1985.

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(L) Winona Ryder, 1986 (R) Alec Baldwin, 1986

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 (L) Robert Downey Jr., 1985 (R) Will Arnett, 1995

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 (L) Gretchen Mol, 1993 (R) Kerry Washington, 1996

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(L) Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1992 (R) Alec Baldwin, 1986

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(L) Alexis Bledel, 2000 (R) Kevin Spacey, 1986

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