N.p. N.p. Circa 1966. Archive of 30 vintage oversize press photographs by Michael Montfort of actor Klaus Kinski, his second wife, actor Brigitte Tocki, and their then five year old daughter, actor Nastassja Kinksi. Five of the photographs with the stamp of German magazine "Bild am Sontagg" crediting Montfort, and separately date stamped either February 23, March 1, or March 3, 1966, although the photographs in the archive appear to be unpublished. Four additional photographs with Montfort's signature in holograph pencil on the verso. From the photographer's estate.
The photographs show Kinski with his family, both at home and a number of different locations and activities, such as leading his daughter on a pony, holding balloons for her, at the beach, and in riding in the back of a car with his wife. The images generally paint a picture of Kinski as a loving husband and doting father, and an altogether happy family, images in stark contrast to both Kinski's already well deserved reputation for violent and erratic behavior and the truth of his family's domestic life. An early example of the self aware myth making Kinski would engage in for much of his career, though running counter to the public image he would embrace and embellish later in life.
Born in Freiburg, Germany, Michael Montfort began his career working as a photojournalist for German magazines such as "Stern," "Quick," and "Bild am Sonntag." He covered Queen Elizabeth's 1965 visit to Germany, the aftermath of the Six Day War in Israel and Egypt, and the May 1968 protests in Paris. Montfort emigrated to Los Angeles in 1973 and began working as a freelancer. Four years later, on assignment for the German literary magazine "Rogners," Montfort was sent to photograph Charles Bukowski. Aided by the case of wine he smartly brought with him to their first meeting, Montfort connected with the publicity-shy and splenetic poet. Over the next two decades, as both Bukowski's drinking buddy and personal photographer, he shot literary thousands of images of Bukowski and collaborated with him on titles such as "Horsemeat," "Shakespeare Never Did This," and "The Wedding." In addition to Bukowski and Kinkski, Montfort shot notable photographs of luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Brigitte Bardot, and a Jackson 5 era Michael Jackson.
Photographs sized variously between 7 x 11.75 and 8.5 x 12.25 inches (18 x 30 and 22 x 31 cm). Generally Near Fine.