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Oscar Abolafia

The Century Collection

Among today's photographers, there resides a subset of shooters who focus exclusively on the brightly lit world of entertainment. Within this genre of celebrity photojournalism, there are those who specialize in studio-created portraits, and those who attempt to capture, from behind the velvet ropes, a single fleeting image to satisfy the public's insatiable thirst for their favorite celebrities.

Rare is the photographer who embodies both genres. Oscar Abolafia, a life-long New Yorker, is such a photographer. Over some 50 years, he successfully cultivated personal relationships with the most enduring stars of our age. Working on assignment for the magazines of TIME Inc., backstage for "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," and as a "special' during the filming of numerous motion pictures, he amassed a treasure trove of more than 300,000 intimate and iconic images.

Abolafia's neatly catalogued collection of prints, negatives and color slides features rare and never-before-seen images of virtually every important celebrity from the worlds of film, television, theatre, fashion, sports, music, art and even politics. Included are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Liz Taylor, Cary Grant, Meryl Streep, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Redford and Jackie Onassis, to name but a few.

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For further inquiries regarding this timeless collection
call 212-662-8472


Galleries updated Mar/23/2013


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