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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The Hollywood Reporter: Adam Driver, Jessica Biel Get Cozy With Two Cute Pooches

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Talk about social climbers. Hollywood photographer Jeff Vespa’s dogs Max and Harry, both long-haired chihuahuas, have become best friends with some of the stars he shot for his new book “The Art of Discovery: Hollywood Stars Reveal Their Inspirations.”

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VERGE TIFF PREVIEW featuring Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, Zoe Levin and Tye Sheridan

Mackenzie Davis Verge Cover Photo by Jeff Vespa

The Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t start for a week but we already have a preview of four of the hottest young stars that are poised to breakout from this year’s fest. Check their interviews and photos on Verge (

Melonie Diaz Verge Cannes Cover Girl

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This isn’t Melonie Diaz’s first time at the Next Big Thing rodeo. She was the Sundance It-Girl of 2008 with four films screening simultaneously at the film festival. Now the veteran of indie gems such as Be Kind Rewind and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is set to make her first trip to Cannes—and take the French Riviera by storm—with her critically acclaimed new movie, Fruitvale Station. The award show season buzz begins in three…two….

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Verge Launches!

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Verge is a new web magazine focusing on emerging talent. I decided to launch the site to combine my film and photography in one place. Please check out all the articles, photos and videos at – Backpacking With Sheen and Estevez

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez at the Toronto FIlm Festival

‘The Way’: Inside a Father-Son Journey

Over a legendary career, he has played many larger-than-life characters — the charming killer of Badlands; the troubled special-ops officer of Apocalypse Now; the leader of the free world on The West Wing. But at 71 years old, in a fickle business that puts a premium on youth, Martin Sheen has found that a meaty and meaningful lead role is hard to come by. Good thing, then, that filmmaking runs in the family.
Sheen’s son Emilio Estevez, the actor-turned-writer/director whose past work includes the Golden Globe-nominated RFK drama Bobby, penned a new movie, The Way, especially for his dad: Opening in theaters October 7, it’s about a grieving, closed-off father experiencing new adventures on the Camino de Santiago, a winding, 500-mile pilgrimage route that ends at a cathedral in Galicia, Spain (where Sheen and Estevez have real family roots). For 40 days in 2009, Estevez directed his dad in the movie’s lead, the two of them and a fleet crew shooting in stunning, spiritual locations in France and Spain. Joining them for about a week in Pamplona and its surrounding towns was editor-at-large Jeff Vespa; here, through Vespa’s photographs and Estevez’s commentary, go behind the scenes of The Way.
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