Size: 8" (20.16cm) x 10" (25.2cm) Edition of 1
Contact Sheet 33
By Mel Traxel
Original, vintage contact sheet 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.
Taken by studio photographer, Mel Traxel.
With Captain Sam Bennett (Simon Oakland) and Peter Yates on-set.
Contact sheet dated 5 March 1968.
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 Life, Movies 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 Lady, Funny Lady and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has a close relationship with Steve McQueen and worked on five of his films: Bullitt, The Reivers, Les Mans, The 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.