The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a discussion and signing with Adrienne Aurichio, editor, long-time collaborator, and wife of the late photographer Bill Eppridge, in celebration of the book Becoming Barbra (Rizzoli, $39.95), a collection of Eppridge’s photographs of Barbara Streisand. The event will be held in the Lounge at the Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa.
From the humble beginnings of Barbra Streisand’s career in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. He photographed Streisand shopping in a thrift shop; trying on outfits in her apartment, and an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson–then live from New York. Eppridge documented Streisand meeting with producer David Merrick, who wanted her for the starring role in Broadway’s Funny Girl, which catapulted her to celebrity status.
By the time Eppridge caught up with Streisand in 1966, she was a star in full orbit. Funny Girl had just wrapped, CBS had signed her to star in three television specials, five of her albums had gone gold and one platinum, and she had received three Grammys and an Emmy. Eppridge photographed Streisand throughout her CBS rehearsals and recording sessions, then went to Paris where he covered her at fashion shows with Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, and captured a Richard Avedon shoot of her for French Vogue.
Eppridge’s photographs are vivid, candid, and a truly intriguing and unprecedented look at the beginnings of Streisand’s career–an intimate photo album by a master photographer of one of the most talented performers of our time.
Bill Eppridge was one of the most accomplished photojournalists of the twentieth century. He was one of the great photographers hired on staff by Life magazine. His iconic photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Life and National Geographic. He photographed some of the most important moments in 20th Century History including the Beatles first six days in the United States, Heroin Addicts in New York’s Needle Park, the Woodstock Music Festival, Apollo 13, and the Presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Eppridge made the photograph of the Senator moments after he was shot in the Ambassador Hotel. His work has been exhibited at museums around the world.
Adrienne Aurichio has been living in the Litchfield Hills for the past fourteen years since she and her late husband, photographer Bill Eppridge, moved to Connecticut in search of a quieter life. Once they settled in they began to collaborate on projects based on Bill’s archive of photography accumulated over a lifetime.
After graduation from Pratt Institute, Aurichio began working for a photography agency, which eventually led to her meeting her husband Bill Eppridge. In 2003 they decided to start their own business and moved to Connecticut. They were together until his death in 2013. By that time they had collaborated on five books of Bill’s work and several exhibitions. With the publication of Becoming Barbra, the total is now six.
Sunday, June 24, 2 – 4 pm
Tickets: $50, can be purchased at The Hickory Stick Bookshop
Includes a signed copy of the book
And light refreshments
RSVP by June 15
Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47