Original, vintage contact sheets of Steve McQueen in Bullitt

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Original, beautiful vintage contact sheets of Steve McQueen in one of his most iconic roles in Bullitt.

Never-before-seen and offered for sale the first time by Reel Art Press. Price starts from £300.

Taken by studio photographer, Mel Traxel with medium format (hasselblad probably) and 35mm.

Mel Traxel (1916-2000) was a renowned Hollywood set photographer. Born and raised in Oregon, after graduating high school, Traxel apprenticed for a year as a photographer’s assistant before moving to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. He began photographing celebrities for magazines, eventually establishing his own freelance publishing agency on the Sunset Strip. His clients included NBC and Ford Motor Co. as well as magazines such as Movie LifeMovies and Movie Star Parade.

During the Second World War, he served in the US Army Pacific Air Command. On his return, he began his career in the motion picture industry as a studio photographer. Over the course of his long career, Traxel worked on a number of prestigious films, including My Fair LadyFunny Lady andWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has a close relationship with Steve McQueen and worked on five of his films: BullittThe ReiversLes MansThe Getaway and Enemy of the People.

Traxel continued to work in Hollywood until his retirement in the early 1980s. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Operating Cameramen in 1983.