circa .. .. Fine. - sc A 14 inch high by 11 inch wide black & white photograph of a very young Marlon Brando seated on an old-fashioned decorated black metal waste basket in front of his unmade bed. Attired in jeans, dark t-shirt and white socks with black loafers with an old telephone cradle between his feet, Brando holds the phone's handset to his ear with his right hand, his elbows propped up on his knees. Left hand pensively touching the side of his slightly tilted head, his seductive smile brightens his face. Books piled up on an end table next to an old lamp and an open closet which reveals its contents serve as background for this tender portrait. This is one of a very few prints of a photograph by Martin Harris pulled from the original negative in the 1990's and offered for sale at a special fund- raising event. Fine.
Life magazine photographer Martin Harris superbly captures that elusive animal quality which made Brando such a presence on stage and screen.
The photographer Martin Harris (1908-1971) worked for "Stars and Stripes" during the second World War. He later worked for "Look", "Life", "Colliers", and "The Saturday Evening Post" among other periodicals. Two of his photographs were selected as covers for "Life" magazine during his time with that periodical.