Eva Sereny began her career as a professional photographer in the late 1960s. A chance series of photos of young children practicing athletics landed her first by-line as a professional – and opportunities for the budding photographer came quick. As one of the only women working at such a high level, Sereny was often on-set as a special photographer for numerous classic films starring some of the biggest leading names of the day, including The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford, The Last Tango in Paris starring Marlon Brando and the Indiana Jones series, starring Harrison Ford. The trust and results she gained on-set made her one of the first people newspapers and magazines would call when they needed portraits done, when filming was done.
In Sereny’s new book, Through Her Lens, to be published this August, she remembers fondly the time she spent with a very relaxed Paul Newman, at his home in Connecticut.
“I believe I first met Paul Newman on the set of his 1981 film, Absence of Malice, which was directed by Sydney Pollack. I worked with Pollack before, on his last two films, The Electric Horseman and Bobby Deerfield. Following the filming, I was asked by The Sunday Times Magazine to take a few photos of Newman at home. I went to his beautiful house in Connecticut. It was an enjoyable shoot. Very relaxed and friendly. He had such a wonderful life in Connecticut, a place where he, Joanne Woodward and their children lived, far away from Hollywood. I think that was his real secret – he chose to come and go as he pleased, away from the cameras. But for that lovely day, he let me in.”
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