Finally seeing a picture of an esteemed author brings your appreciation full circle. It’s one thing to love the books, cherish the words, and scribble an author’s words of wisdom in your notebooks, but hitching the face to the name takes your adoration to a totally new level of real. This is especially true when, in the case of many of the authors below, their image is so rarely seen and so striking when it is. Courtesy of Jasper 52, here are some incredible, many seemingly candid, shots of beloved authors. Maybe you can gleam some of their genius from the black and white stills.
Carl Sandburg by Yousuf Karsh
Caterine Milinaire, shot by Robert Mapplethorpe
Ernest Hemingway, shot by by Yousuf Karsh
Henry Miller, shot by by Brassai
James Joyce, shot by Man Ray
Jean-Paul Sartre, shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Norman Mailer, shot by Yousuf Karsh
Robert Frost, shot by Yousuf Karsh
Susi Wyss, shot by Robert Mapplethorpe
Vladimir Nabokov, shot by Yousuf Karsh
William Faulkner, shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Which one’s your favorite?