Iconic Images : Meryl Streep, by Eva Sereny

Meryl Streep

“I was in New York and received a call from Paris Match through Sygma, a branch of my then Paris agency. They arranged an apartment for me where I could shoot some portraits of Meryl Streep for an upcoming feature on her.
Meryl Streep the most awarded actress in the history of the Academy Awards had just been named Best Actress for her breath-taking lead role in Sophie’s Choice. I remember seeing her very briefly on the set of Frank Zimmerman’s Julia, but I didn’t take any shots of her on the set of that film, her debut, which is a shame. I can only presume I wasn’t on set at the same time when I could have photographed her.”

“We worked in the private apartment, but looking back at it now, I wish I’d done more with her; taken her outside, different backgrounds, standing shots—all I seem to have are portraits. The only possible excuse I have for that is probably Meryl didn’t have the time. It’s definitely not like me to shorten such an important session—knowing myself and having proved that many a time. But that’s what the assignment was for. Paris Match decided to use my photo on the cover of their April 1982 issue.”

Extract taken from ‘Through Her Lens‘, available SIGNED by Eva Sereny at the Iconic Store.

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