120 Captivating Photos Of Celebrities Back In The Day That You May Have Never Seen Before

Every celebrity has a few iconic moments from their career that they’ll always be remembered for. But before those incredible concerts and Oscar-winning performances happened, these stars were working hard to become household names. And apparently, doing some photo shoots along the way as well.

Below, we've gathered some of the most captivating pictures from photo shoots celebrities did when they were younger that have been shared in the OldSchoolCool subreddit. These photos might not be the first ones that come to your mind when you hear these stars' names, but they’re certainly worth checking out. Keep reading to also find an interview with Portland-based photographer Becca Lueck, and enjoy taking this trip back in time!

#1 Princess Diana, Last Photoshoot By Mario Testino For Vanity Fair, 1997

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#2 Freddie Mercury At A Photoshoot, 1979

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#3 Winona Ryder For Rolling Stone, 1991

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All of our favorite celebrities have had flourishing careers, but it’s fascinating to look back on when they were younger and more fresh within their respective industries. Before Friends, Jennifer Aniston wasn’t a household name, and many people had never heard of Prince until he was in his 20’s. But it’s fascinating to see photos of them at the beginning of their careers versus where they are now. And lucky for us, all of those stars we know and love today were in some fabulous photo shoots in their youth. 

The Old School Cool subreddit is dedicated to sharing pics of “history’s cool kids, looking fantastic”, and it certainly does a great job of that. The community describes itself as “a pictorial and video celebration of history's coolest kids, everything from beatniks to bikers, mods to rude boys, hippies to ravers. And everything in between. If you've found a photo, or a photo essay, of people from the past looking fantastic, here's the place to share it.” It has amassed an impressive 17.6 million members over the past 11 years, and lucky for us, some of the photos featured are of the actors and musicians we love.

#4 Keanu Reeves "Dracula" Promotional Photoshoot (1992)

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#5 Marilyn Monroe's Final Photoshoot Photos, Just Three Weeks Before Her Death In 1962

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#6 One Of The Many Photos From The "Aladdin Sane" Photoshoot (1973)

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To gain more insight on what it takes to make a timeless photo shoot, we reached out to professional photographer Becca Lueck, of Becca Jean Photography. She was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda, first detailing what she loves most about photography. “I love pretty much everything about photography, so that’s a tough one to answer!” she shared. “But I would have to say documenting different family’s personalities, and the way that they interact. Capturing their relationships is so special and my ultimate goal.”

We were also curious how Becca manages to capture a person’s essence when photographing them. “I am always looking for ways to get people to interact, rather than just standing there and smiling at the camera,” she explained. “So I will give people things to do that will help them bring out their personalities and feel comfortable in front of my camera.”

#7 Arnold Schwarzenegger Photoshoot In The 70's

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#8 Kate Bush During The Photoshoot For The Hounds Of Love Album Cover. 1985

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#9 Angelina Jolie Rare Bikini Photoshoot By Harry Langdon In 1991

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When it comes to what kinds of photoshoots Becca enjoys the most, she says, “My very favorite sessions are family adventure sessions, where we get to go somewhere really beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest, with gorgeous scenery and interactive elements. It just makes the photos extra amazing.” In her portfolio, you can find many stunning photos Becca has taken with rivers, lakes, mountains and other amazing scenery.

#10 Cher... "Prisoner" Album Cover Photoshoot With Bob Mackie Styling... (Circa 1978)

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#11 The Beatles Getting Ready For The Abbey Road Photoshoot. Circa 1969

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#12 Darth Vader Hugging Carrie Fisher, In The Legendary Princess Leia Gold Bikini, During A 1983 Rolling Stone Photoshoot

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We also asked Becca if she thinks all photoshoots are timeless or if there are specific ways photographers can ensure their shoots remain captivating decades later. “I always let people know that they should leave any digital watches at home and replace them with a more timeless watch, because nothing dates a photo more than a big Apple Watch on someone’s wrist,” she told Bored Panda. “I also help families figure out clothing, because what you would normally wear every day is not necessarily going to photograph well. So I am looking for clothing that is a bit more timeless, without any crazy prints that look super trendy.”

#13 Prince's First Photoshoot, Age 19, 1977

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#14 Clint Eastwood At A Lacoste Photoshoot In 1960

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#15 Chris Farley Photoshoot From 1994

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“When I am doing a session inside of a family’s home, then I just ask them to put away anything that would be distracting, like dirty laundry, phone chargers and other cords,” Becca added. “I think that well placed and nice looking clutter is fine, but you don’t want a bunch of dirty dishes, or things like that in the background.”

#16 Kurt Cobain Wearing A "Corporate Magazines Still Suck" Shirt During Nirvana's Photoshoot For Rolling Stone Magazine, 1992

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#17 Queen Posing Topless (‘The Nudie Sessions’) In A 1973 Photoshoot For Mick Rock, Who Has Gone On And Shot Their Iconic Queen II Album Cover A La Marlene Dietrich That Still Haunts Them Today

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#18 Pamela Anderson In 1993

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“I’ve been photographing families for over 10 years, so I’ve definitely learned some things along the way. My biggest tip when it comes to getting family photos taken is to really focus on having a fun time with your family,” Becca says. “The more you can be in the moment and stop stressing over everything being perfect, the better your photos will turn out.”

If you’d like to check out Becca’s website or book a session with her if you live in the Portland area, be sure to visit her website right here.

#19 Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany’s Photoshoot, 1961

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#20 Sting - Photoshoot For Synchronicity, 1983

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#21 Kiss At A Photoshoot, 1975

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To learn more wise words from photographers, we checked out this list from Full Frame featuring advice from some of the most famous names in the industry. Tom Hido, a San Francisco-based photographer who’s been featured in The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, says, “To be kind is most important. After that, be prepared with a plan of how you’re going to make the picture. An example in my case would be, every time I photograph somebody, I always scout out the spot I’m going to photograph them in and try to anticipate what the light is going to be like and modify it if needed.”

#22 Calvin Klein Photoshoot With Kate Moss & Mark Wahlberg By Mario Sorrenti In 1993

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#23 Jennifer Aniston Doing Photoshoot For Friends First Season, 1994

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#24 Helena Bonham Carter, 1987

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Ami Vitale, a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer who has traveled to more than 90 countries, shared the advice, “Every story has a variety of viewpoints and truths depending on where you stand. It really takes tremendous time and patience to get to the subtleties and nuances of any story… The world is a beautiful place, we need to celebrate the goodness because it is everywhere.”

#25 Marvin Gaye In The Rain, A Shot From The Photoshoot For His 1971 Album, "What's Going On" Released 50 Years Ago This Month And Considered By Many, Including Me, To Be The Greatest Album Of All Time

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#26 Jennifer Love Hewitt 1990's Rollerskate Photoshoot

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#27 Bob Dylan And His Girlfriend Suze Rotolo During The Photoshoot For The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Album Cover. West Village, 1963

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We hope you’re enjoying this list of old school photoshoot pics of some of the world’s most famous people. It’s always fun to look back at vintage photos, especially when they’re of our favorite celebrities. Keep upvoting the pics that take you back in time, and let us know in the comments which ones are your favorites. Then, if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article featuring captivating, old school pics, look no further than right here!  

#28 Pink Floyd, January 1968, From One Of The Only Known Photoshoots Of All Five Members

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#29 The Beatles In A Photoshoot For The “Saturday Evening Post” (1964)

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#30 Outtakes From The Photoshoot That Would Eventually Become The Album Cover Of Pink Floyd's Album Wish You Were Here (1975)

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#31 Whitney Houston's First Photoshoot, 1982

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#32 Humorous Outtake Of Queen From A Photoshoot For Their 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Single (C. 1975)

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#33 Jamie Lee Curtis (1980)

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#34 Rare Backstage Photoshoot From Return Of The Jedi By Brian Griffin 1982

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#35 18-Year-Old Kobe Bryant During His First Adidas Photoshoot As A Laker At Will Rogers State Beach. 1996

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#36 Actress Doris Houck Preparing For A Photoshoot Near To The Hollywoodland Sign. The H Was Missing After A Drunk Driver Lost Control Of His Vehicle And Crashed Behind The H, Making It Fall Down The Cliff. Los Angeles, California, 1945

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#37 Nico And Andy Warhol As Batman And Robin For A Photoshoot In 1967

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#38 The Beatles Final Photoshoot, 1969

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#39 Claudia Cardinale And Frank Zappa, Italian Magazine Photoshooting, 1967

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#40 A (Then) Little Known Band By The Name Of Nirvana Does A Photoshoot In A Field (Charles Peterson, 1989)

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#41 The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Esquire Photoshoot, 1982

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#42 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Photoshoot, 1972

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#43 Roger Moore And Richard Kiel Doing A Photoshoot For Moonraker (1979)

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#44 Elizabeth Taylor, At 15, Riding Angels Flight Railway In 1947 While On A Photoshoot For Junior Bazaar Magazine

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#45 One Of The First Photoshoots Of The Rolling Stones - 1963

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#46 Stevie Nicks During A Self-Defense Book Photoshoot, 1983

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#47 Sean Penn And Madonna Wedding Photoshoot, 1985

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#48 Friends Cast Photoshoot In The 90s

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#49 14 Year Old Christian Bale. Photoshoot From Late 1980s. (@golldies Instagram)

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#50 Angelina Jolie At Her First Photoshoot In 1990

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#51 One Of LED Zeppelin's First, If Not The First Photoshoot, 1968

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#52 Patrick Demarchelier - Madonna Photoshoot Bedtime Stories Album (1994)

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#53 Photoshoot Of Sharon Stone In 1983

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#54 Alyssa Milano During A Physical Fitness Photoshoot, 1989

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#55 Kate Winslet - Ken Weingart Photoshoot 1996

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#56 Uma Thurman / Photo By Frederic Meylan, 1989

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#57 Muhammed Ali Poses With His Prize Winnings During A Photoshoot In 1964

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#58 20 Yr Old Mariah Carey Before She Was Famous At A Photoshoot For Her Self Titled Debut Album - [1990]

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#59 Mark Hamill And Carrie Fisher Photoshoot, 1977

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#60 Julie Newmar Doing A Cat Woman Photoshoot 1966

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#61 Nirvana In The Pool During The “Nevermind” Photoshoot (1991)

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#62 Drew Barrymore's Gq Photoshoot, 1993

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#63 Director Joe Dante Doing A Photoshoot For Gremlins, 1984

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#64 1953 A Peak Within A Photoshoot

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#65 Dr. Hook During A Photoshoot In London. England, 1975

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#66 The (Still Very Active) Soul Singer Dionne Warwick During Her Photoshoot For Her Featured "Souled Out Special" Of 1969

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#67 Grace Kelly Looking Like A Total Angel. 1955 Photoshoot

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#68 Keanu Reeves Photoshoot Circa 1985

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#69 Angela Bowie Photoshoot For A Black Widow TV Series, 1975. Photo By Terry O'neill

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#70 Philip Michael Thomas And Don Johnson Being Just The Coolest Moterf'ers Alove At A Photoshoot For Miami Vice In 1985

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#71 Pattie Boyd, Cynthia Lennon, Maureen Starkey & Jenny Boyd Posed For A Photoshoot To Announce The Opening Of Apple Boutique (1967)

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#72 1995 Photoshoot Of 13yo Britney Spears By David Baren

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#73 David Bowie's Photoshoot For His Album 'Heroes', 1977 (Happy Birthday Starman)

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#74 Mariah Carey At An Snl Photoshoot (1990)

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#75 Ac-Dc Highway To Hell Photoshoot In 1979

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#76 Fleetwood Mac During A Photoshoot For The Album 'Tusk' In The Late 70s

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#77 Monica Bellucci, 1991

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#78 Dolly Parton Photoshoot At Dollywood Back In 1987

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#79 Sigourney Weaver In A 1980's Photoshoot. What An Elegant Human Being

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#80 Eartha Kitt Oozing Sex Appeal In A Life Photoshoot (1955)

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#81 Nalini Jaywant, Photoshoot For Life Magazine, 1951

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#82 Restored Images From The Beach Boys' Photoshoot For Their Debut 1962 Album Surfin' Safari, And The Location In Malibu Today

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#83 The Stone Roses In A Photoshoot (1989)

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#84 George Michael Doing A Photoshoot For His First Solo Single "Careless Whisper" In 1984

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#85 Mary Wilson Of The Supreme, 1965, In Their Photoshoot For "A Bit Of Liverpool"

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#86 Kylie Minogue In A Photoshoot For "Got To Be Certain" (1988)

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#87 Bollywood Glamor Girl Of 1950s, Begum Para In Life Magazine Photoshoot, 1951

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#88 Jane Fonda - 1968 Barbarella Photoshoot

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#89 Carrie Fisher Slave Leia Photoshoot (1983)

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#90 Stevie Nicks In The Photoshoot For Her Hit Album 'The Wild Heart', 1983

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#91 1956 - Grace Kelly And Prince Rainier Of Monaco's Photoshoot By Elliot Erwin

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#92 Van Halen During A Photoshoot, 1980 (Notice The Shark Guitar That Was Used For The Back Cover. Eddie Used This Guitar During Their 1978 World Tour)

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#93 Jennifer Love Hewitt (1998)

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#94 Uma Thurman Doing A Photoshoot In 1986

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#95 Rod Serling In A Photoshoot For The Twilight Zone, 1964

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#96 Barbara Stanwyck In A Photoshoot With A See Through Dress Circa Early 30's. Man I Love Pre-Code Hollywood

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#97 Contact Sheet Of Jim Morrison's "Young Lion" Photoshoot (Joel Brodksy) 1967

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#98 The Beatles' First Photoshoot, December 1961

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#99 Greatest Rap Group Of The 90's First Album Photoshoot In 1993

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#100 River Phoenix And Keanu Reeves In The Promotional Photoshoot For My Own Private Idaho, 1991

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#101 Kurt Cobain & Kim Deal Xmas ‘93 (Melody Maker Magazine Photoshoot)

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#102 Jean Shrimpton Aka Shrimp, Photoshoot 1971, Photography By Clive Arrowsmith

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#103 Phil Collins Doing A Photoshoot In 1976

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#104 Dan Fogelberg At Home In Tennesee In 1974 During Photoshoot For His Album Souvenirs. © Henry Diltz

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#105 Sally Field, Posing For A Photoshoot In The 70s

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#106 Laura Dern (1993) Jurassic Park Photoshoot)

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#107 Kari-Ann Muller In An Outtake From The Album Cover Photoshoot For Roxy Music's 1972 Debut Album

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#108 Hole - Photoshoot From 1991 For Pretty On The Inside - 1991

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#109 Irish Folk Group Clannad, With 21 Year Old Enya Sitting Next To Her Older Sister Moya, Posing During A Photoshoot For Their 1982 Album Fuaim

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#110 Big L From A Photoshoot In 1994

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#111 Robert Redford At A Photoshoot In 1959

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#112 Doro Pesch Of "Warlock". Photoshoot At Munich, Germany, 1985

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#113 Genesis Photoshoot, 1973

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#114 Dave Mustaine For A Photoshoot With His Jackson King V (1988)

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#115 1961. Warren Beatty And Natalie Wood In A Photoshoot For Splendor In The Grass. It Was Beatty's First Film Ever

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#116 Joan Jett And Mike Tyson Posing With Guitars (In Fashion Magazine Photoshoot 1985)

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#117 Clara Bow In A Promotional Photoshoot. So, The 1920s It Girl You Say? Yeah, I Think I Can See That

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#118 Bruce Springsteen In The Photoshoot For The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Album Cover, 1978

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#119 Ricky Gervais In A Photoshoot For His Band Seona Dancing, 1980s

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#120 The Beach Boys, Looking Dapper During A London Photoshoot, 1964

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