Londoners are truly lucky to be hosting one of the hottest current exhibitions at theÂ ATLAS Gallery in 49 Dorset Street untillÂ 27 October 2012 . What can we say about one of the most sought after photographers of the 50â€™s & 60â€™s spending 3 weeks with the â€˜King of Coolâ€™? He was the man in every womanâ€™s fantasy and as a result, 40 rolls of film were produced. The photographer is none other thenÂ John Dominis and his subject is every woman’s ideal manâ€¦Â Steve McQueen.
John Dominis, nowÂ 91 has always lived the kind of life that makes us want to sit down and hear him speak indefinitely about his experiences. Working as a freelance photographer forÂ LIFE magazine, he coveredÂ John Kennedy’s â€˜I am a Berlinerâ€™ speech, Woodstock, the Vietnam war, Nixonâ€™s trip to China, six Olympic games, the celebration of Buddhaâ€™s 2500th birthday and has photographed renowned entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, John Wayne and many more. Now living in New York City, he has allowed us to share one of his â€˜career-favorite assignmentsâ€™. Being the shadow of the 33 year old in his Palm Springs home known for his strong passion for speed, he is also known for his expert ability to handle a gun and an even greater ability in making women drop on their knees, definitely wasnâ€™t dull.
Steve McQueenÂ was the sexiest and most sought after rebel in Hollywood. When this collaboration started he was on the brink of superstardom, already popular from his big-screen break out as one of the Magnificent Seven he was a couple of months away from the international acclaim release of â€˜The Great Escapeâ€™. Having been abandoned as a child and spending most of his youth in a reform school for juvenile delinquents there was always a dark fascination about his private life leading to his bad boy image. Yes he was the bad boy that every woman wanted to bring home and tame and all men wanted to drink his cool aid.
Being able to captureÂ Wyatt Earp, the greatest Western character of all time, his excitement about this character at the time was the opportunity for an on screen â€˜pistols at dawnâ€™ showdown.Â Together with his then wifeÂ Neile Adams, they allowedDominis to enter their lives in a very open way. No restrictions or closed doors – then it was all about the rawness of the legendary rebel having nothing to hide. This is what made him absolutely and totally desirable. His image was a man with no inhibitions that did not care about how he is perceived and that itself made him so much more manly.
UndoubtedlyÂ Steve McQueen was and is a man like no other. His genuine charisma has been captured on camera and has made us fall in love with him all over again. The Coolness of this King has left us wanting more.