For those in and around New York, the most holistic place to peruse photographer George Holz’s new book Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits, released this week, is La Colombe Torrefaction at 400 Lafayette Street. Before that locale became known for its almond croissants, it was ground central for gatherings of a different sort.
From a recent write-up by The Daily Telegraph’s Lucy Davies:
Holz’s parties were among the most notorious of all: people would queue around the block, waiting to be let in. “I still run into people now who tell me they were at a party at my place 25 years ago,” he says, laughing. “They were mostly get-togethers for my clients, but I suppose my clients were kind of famous.”
Many of the “kind of famous” subjects in his new book – Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jack Nicholson among them – were photographed [at Holz’s studio] on Lafayette Street. Others were shot at Holz’s weekend retreat in the Catskill Mountains, where the 58 year-old photographer now lives full-time with his flautist wife and their 18-year-old son.
Holz told Davies it took five years to compile the book and that many of the pictures, outtakes from the original commissioned sessions, have never been seen before. A number of the shots also showcase actors on location in places like Montana, Cabo San Lucas and Santa Barbara.
[Jacket cover courtesy: DAAB Media]