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With an Eye for the Icon–Oscar Abolafia is a Cognescenti of the Camera

ZEALnyc, December 29, 2016

Frank. Sammie. Twiggy. Sophia. Elizabeth. Elvis. Priscilla. Jim. Marlene. John. Yoko. Ginger. Janis. Mick. Jack. Fred. Salvador. Cher. Audrey. Dolly. Elton. Marlon…. A select group of celebrities are so famous and iconic that they are recognized and acknowledged by a single name. One photographer has been able to capture many of these icons on film. His name? Oscar Abolafia. But you may call him Oscar.

Oscar Abolafia is an American photographer known for his outstanding photojournalism of the celebrities that made the 1960s, ’70s, 80’s and beyond truly extraordinary. At a young age, the photographer William Vandivert, one of the founders of Magnum Photos, took him on as an assistant and taught Abolafia important technical and lighting skills. His work made the pages of world-famous magazines like People Magazine, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. Over a span of 50 years, he was able to build personal and intimate relationships with the most enduring stars of our age; celebrities like the Kennedys, Liz Taylor, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, to name but a few.

Through the efforts of Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc‘s Editor in Chief, we have assembled a series of interviews with Mr. Abolafia that take us through his life and the influences that enabled him to amass his staggering collection of photographs (a personal archive of over 300,000 images) and the work leading up to the publishing of his book, Icons by Oscar, which brings a select portion of his amazing collection to the general public for their admiration and enjoyment.

Take the journey with us now….


The inspiration and creation of Icons by Oscar.

Oscar’s early life.

 The Beatles and magazine culture.

Oscar discusses Carson, Streisand, and Elvis.

Oscar talks about Janis Joplin, Burt Lancaster, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and more.


To purchase a copy of Icons by Oscar click here.


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