Variety: Photographer Jeff Vespa Celebrates With Jena Malone, Camilla Belle at ‘The Art of Discovery’ Book Party

Jeff Vespa Jena Malone Camilla Belle The Art of Discovery


Photographer Jeff Vespa held a private viewing for his first coffee table book, “The Art of Discovery,” at a cocktail party Thursday at Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills, hosted by “Hunger Games” actress Jena Malone and “Sin City” actress Jaime King.

Guests including Jeremy Renner, Evan Rachel Wood and Joel Edgerton enjoyed food and drinks as they took in portraits, including looks at Shailene Woodley (who graces the cover of the book), Kristen Stewart, William H. Macy, Elijah Wood, Naomi Watts, Jared Leto, Laura Dern, Seth Rogen and Justin Theroux.

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Pret-a-Reporter: Jena Malone: Self Discovery is a Constant Journey for an Actor

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Inspiration was the subject du jour at Jeff Vespa’s Brooks Brothers book party.

As a celebrity photographer, Jeff Vespa is typically focused on his famous subjects but on Thursday night a few of those bold-faced names turned the tables and flashed the spotlight on him for a change.

Brooks Brothers opened the doors to its expansive, two-story Beverly Hills flagship to host Vespa and his Hollywood friends in celebration of the shutterbug’s first book — “The Art of Discovery” — a collaboration with art director Nancy Rouemy, The Creative Coalition, Renaissance Hotels and publisher Rizzoli. But Brooks Brothers also went one step further: The window displays were transformed using oversized images from Vespa’s book, including shots of Justin TherouxLaura DernJared LetoTilda Swinton and Kate Mara.

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The Hollywood Reporter: Celebrity Photographer Jeff Vespa Debuts First Coffee Table Book ‘The Art of Discovery’

Jeff Vespa The Art of Discovery10/15/2014 by Chris Gardner

The always-busy snapper dishes on what makes his first book so special — and what eggs have to do with it.

Jeff Vespa is a man of many talents. The celeb photographer — known for VIP access at red-carpet events all over the world — now has his first-ever coffee table book. (This comes after co-founding Wireimage, producing features, directing a short film and opening a restaurant). The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the shutterbug to discuss The Art of Discovery, a gorgeous tome featuring intimate pics and inspirational moments from big stars. The project is a collaboration with art director Nancy Rouemy, Rizzoli, Reniassance Hotels and the Creative Coalition.

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Vanity Fair: Naomi Watts, Tilda Swinton, and Zoe Saldana Reveal the Moments, Sometimes Painful, That Inspired Them to Act

Naomi Watts The Art of DiscoveryOCTOBER 14, 2014 by Alex Beggs

In a lavish new coffee-table book, The Art of Discovery, glamorous photographs of glittering stars are matched with beautiful typography by spelling out a moment of discovery or inspiration. These are the type of stars who need no background check: Tilda Swinton, Nicole Kidman, Forest Whitaker, Kristen Stewart, Ethan Hawke, Kurt Russell, Shailene Woodley, and the list goes on. Jeff Vespa was the photographer behind the lens, and the typography was crafted by Nancy Rouemy. It’s an easy book to get lost in; you can flip to any page and find something interesting, like Jason Alexander with a dove on his head, accompanied by a story about wanting to be a magician. And fittingly, Tilda Swinton’s sleek page is accompanied by a single sentence, which begs for follow-up questions: “The moment I realized that the bullies are scared, too.”

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L.A. Times: The stars open up in Jeff Vespa’s ‘The Art of Discovery’

Seth Rogen The Art of DiscoveryOctober 11, 2014 by Jessica Gelt

Celebrity photography is all about access, and few people have more than Jeff Vespa.

Vespa co-founded the photo agency website in 2001. He also is the official photographer of the Sundance and Toronto International film festivals.

After more than 15 years of building relationships with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Vespa is releasing the coffee-table book “The Art of Discovery” (Rizzoli, $45) featuring portraits of more than 100 celebrities along with quotes from each about revelatory moments in their lives.

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