Some Of The Most Stylish Men Captured By Iconic Photographer Oscar Abolafia

24 September 2019
Culture, Photography, Oscar Abolafia, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Neil Diamond
His work landed in the pages of world-famous magazines like Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, but having shot the most enduring stars of our age, we selected the most stylish gents from the pages of Icons by Oscar!

For budding photographers, the icons who have shaped the art form and its subjects are seemingly endless. There’s Annie Leibovitz, Elliott Erwitt, Ansel Adams, and Vivian Maier. But for many, it’s American photographer Oscar Abolafia whose photojournalism and images of Hollywood’s biggest stars proved the most memorable, influencing a generation as well as the stars that gravitated towards his lens.

In a career that spanned over 50 years, Abolafia captured some of the most famous faces to have emerged in pop culture; faces that still captivate international audiences and their legion of fans: the Kennedys, Liz Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. But as anyone who has ever wielded a camera and attempted to command a shoot can attest, simply knowing how to work a camera does not an iconic picture make. And as Abolafia’s images illustrate, the man was able to build deeply personal and intimate relationships with his subjects.

Now you can see it all thanks to a new release from Lannoo Publishers, titled Icons by Oscar! Treating readers to an inside look at the icons that shaped pop culture, the book features more than 300,000 intimate and iconic photographs. As the opening suggests, it serves as a “carefully curated conversation with the iconic figures from our past” and to bear witness to these images is to see the skill and artistry of a man at the peak of his career and in complete command of his tools.

Having captured so many stars, Icons by Oscar! Makes for an enthralling read, with each image showcasing the personality of its subject in the most raw and authentic means possible. With that in mind, we’ve selected 12 of the most stylish men featured in the book to give you a daily dose of nostalgia and some style inspiration.

Mick Jagger

While all of those who make up the Rolling Stones have become something of style icons in their own right, few have been as admired as Mick Jagger. The frontman continues to ease effortless elan, and has an instantly recognisable style. Never one to shy away from experimentation and bold fashion choices, Jagger has amassed a vast portfolio of adventurous outfits since the 1960s.

David Bowie

He’s the king of self-invention, constantly emerging with a new style that translated to a new sound. Bowie did it all: the hippie look, a mod teenager, Ziggy Stardust, to Thin White Duke. Over the course of his career, he became known for being just as much a style icon as he was a musical one. His transformations brought with them cultural shifts and he forever changed the image of the rock star, making it one of self-expression, individuality and heightened creativity.

Jack Nicholson

The Oscar-winner has been in the public eye for decades and over that time, he’s cemented his presence as one of notable style. While most wouldn’t dare to wear their sunglasses indoors, Nicholson doesn’t bow to authority and even accepted his Best Actor award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest wearing a pair of black-out aviators.

Robert Redford

The story is as popular as the films he’s starred in. The story goes that Robert Redford once auditioned for the lead role in The Graduate but didn’t get it because the director, Mike Nichol, said audiences wouldn’t believe Redford had ever been turned down by a woman. He’s not wrong. The American heartthrob was one of the biggest stars of his time, and still attracts as much attention today.

Neil Diamond

The American singer-songwriter, musician and actor has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. With a discography that includes some of the most beloved songs of a generation, Diamond emerged as a star and hasn’t lost his star power since.


Via GQ Australia