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We see famous faces every day: campaign shoots, promotional pictures, and paparazzi photos plaster the pages of print and digital media. But how did these well-known personalities present in front of the camera before they made it big, becoming the highly-recognized celebrities of today?

In Before They Were Famous, David Drebin has rummaged through his archive to curate some of his best pictures of today’s most familiar faces. Whether Charlize Theron before her Oscar win, John Legend before he stormed the charts, or Steve Jobs just before the introduction of the legendary first iPod, David Drebin photographed them all on their path to fame.

With this captivating line up, the New York City-based multidisciplinary artist not only offers an intimate and original look at now world-famous celebrities, but also shares his own career beginnings presenting images before they were sold out or close to be sold out. These limited edition photographs were all created before Drebin, too, became famous, providing a unique and rare document of his own creative journey. Alongside the portraits, the book also shows original works, from femmes fatales to landscapes, which would come to define his practice and are today sold as limited edition photographs in the finest galleries worldwide.

”His photographs make me dream and I fill in my heart the script for the narrative they evoke. In painting as in photography I have always had a particular fascination for artists who were able to skilfully render the world of the night.” From the introduction written by Simon de Pury, Swiss Art Auctioneer and Collector: 

Before They Were Famous is the sixth book David Drebin publishes in collboration with teNeues. Former publications distributed worldwide are The Morning After, Beautiful Disasters, Chasing Paradise, Dreamscapes and Love and Lights.



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