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Country of Manufacture: United States Framing: Unframed
Original/Reproduction: Original Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 7")
Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Guaranteed: 100% Authentic
Signed?: Unsigned Format: 2 1/4 BLACK & WHITE NEGATIVE
Date of Creation: 1950-Now Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Photo Type: BLACK & WHITE NEGATIVE sub category: vintage CAMERA NEGATIVE


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PROVENANCE: The image offered in this listing comes directly from the personal archived library of PETER BASCH who was a celebrity and artistic nude Playboy photographer during the 1940s through the 1970s. Mr. Basch was a master in glamour and nude fine art photography having authored many books on the subject. In addition to photographer signed and/or stamped photographic images, we are only offering 100% guaranteed original camera images (B&W negatives and color transparencies) which have been stored away since he produced his first work. Many of the original camera film images (negatives and transparencies) have never been seen before and are one of a kind. Others have been published in the world's top celebrity and men's magazines. The rediscovery of the mastery of Peter Basch will reveal his respect and passion for photographing the world's top celebrities and most beautiful women such as BETTIE PAGE, JAYNE MANSFIELD, GRACE KELLY, LOREN, BRANDO, JANE FONDA, BARDOT, EKBERG, FELLINI, ANDRESS and many more. Please see a bio and additional notes on Peter Basch below.

DESCRIPTION: EXTREMELY RARE! Vintage 1962 original 2 1/4" camera negative of super fit and beautifully built African-American sex symbol TV star NICHELLE NICHOLS in elegant graceful dance pin-up pose, offering all her glorious and rather extraordinary charms, 4 years before claiming her fame as LIEUTENANT UHURA in STAR TREK. From this photo, it is easy to see why Gene Roddenberry engaged in a "close personal relationship" with his television series star. Taken by photographer PETER BASCH and from his personal archive (IMPORTANT NOTE: this is the first original Basch negative we have seen thus far which Basch retouched himself for publication highlighting, and is confined to the "white" background to right of her torso only) . This is the original film negative that was in the camera at the time of the photo shoot and is therefore the only one of its kind in existence. ATTENTION: We are displaying an inverted positive view of the negative as the gallery image only, and are offering the actual negative and not a print!           

RIGHTS: The PETER BASCH FAMILY TRUST is the sole and exclusive copyright owner of the listed image(s). No rights are included in this offering.



- SIZE: approx. 2 1/4" square

- TONE: black & white

- CONDITION: FINE with background retouching for publication



- I ship all items using, what I call, triple protection packing. The photos are inserted into a display bag with a white board, then packed in between two thick packaging boards and lastly wrapped with plastic film for weather protection before being placed into the shipping envelope.

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(1921-2004) was a German/American glamour photographer who captured thousands of images of the most prominent stars of the 50s and 60s.

Peter Basch was born in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Felix Basch and Grete Basch-Freund, both prominent theater and film personalities of the German-speaking world.

In 1933 the family came to New York due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. The family had US citizenship because Felix's father, Arthur Basch, was a wine trader who lived in San Francisco. After moving back to Germany, Arthur Basch kept his American citizenship, and passed it to his children and, thence, to his grandchildren.

When the Basch family arrived in New York in 1933, they opened a restaurant on Central Park South in the Navarro Hotel. The restaurant, Gretel's Viennese, became a hangout for the Austrian expatriate community. Peter Basch had his first job there as a waiter. While in New York, Basch attended the De Witt Clinton High School. The family moved to Los Angeles to assist in Basch's father's career, during which time Basch went to school in England. Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

After the war, he started attending UCLA and started taking photographs of young starlets working with other photographers and film studios. His mother asked him to join her back in New York after she and his father decided that Basch should be a photographer and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.The Peter Basch Collection includes iconic images of all the major midcentury stars, from Europe and America. These masterful images are a window onto a time we cannot forget, when movie stars stepped out of the studio’s control, and we began to see these larger-than-life performers as full, three-dimensional personalities.

Basch’s images capture the heart and spirit of these glamorous performers. Taking pictures in natural light, out in the world, we see these stars as full human beings, not the carefully made-up, studio-approved icons of oldfashioned Hollywood. Basch was able to capture the moments of a human being’s spirit, their mercurial reactions, all the facets that made these magnetic individuals the stars they were.

Basch authored and co-authored a number of books containing his photographs including:

  • Candid Photography (1958 with Peter Gowland Basch and Don Ornitz Basch)
  • Peter Basch's Glamour Photography (A Fawcett How-To Book) (1958)
  • Peter Basch photographs beauties of the world (1958)
  • Camera in Rome (1963 with Nathan and Simon Basch)
  • Peter Basch Photographs 100 Famous Beauties (1965)
  • The nude as form & figure (1966)
  • Put a Girl in Your Pocket: The Artful Camera of Peter Basch (1969)
  • Peter Basch's Guide to Figure Photography (1975 with Jack Rey)

Thoughts on Peter Basch by his daughter:

"My Father, Peter Basch, saw. He looked and he saw. He taught me to see. He taught me to listen and hear. We used to play a game when I was little. He’d say, Michele, look at the street then look at me, what did you see? I would list the cars, red, black, navy; people, fat, tall, thin; children, parents; trees and plants. He would add the detail. A blue car with New York plates, a black car with New Jersey plates. The people were not just tall or small, thin or fat, they wore coats or sweaters, they laughed or were sad. The trees had leaves, were close together, the green was dark, vivid, the sun playing with the shadow.


My Father saw.  He captured in his mind and on film the unexpected moment in time, the interaction between two people, the look, the thought, the breath that punctuated the decision.  


My Father was one of the great romantics. He had a true love and appreciation of beauty in its purest form. We would talk about BEAUTY and her differences: natural, Hollywood, young, old and the beauty of communication, interaction, the Beauty of the moment. He recorded the breath in time on film: two ladies in Paris reading the paper, a Dachshund looking around the corner, a chair in front of the Eiffel Tower. My Father saw the thought and seized it for posterity.


My Father understood the language light speaks to shadow. He showed me how the sun plays with dark. His favorite moment was at Sunrise when the shadows were long and soft. He saw every hue from white to black and everything in between. He understood the language, taught and published books on Light and Shadow, Form and Figure.


I traveled through Europe with my Father. I was his assistant! And proud of it! I was the camera person! Changed the film, made sure the lens was clean, stood in during special poses, helped in the dark room, retouched to refine and perfect. I loved watching him talk and listen. He listened to Jane Fonda, Ursula Andress, Brigit Bardot, Fellini, Mastroiani and so many more. He listened and recorded the answer, the thought, that moment of indecision, realization and Seduction."


Some celebrities photographed by Peter Basch:

  • Anouk Aimée
  • Ursula Andress
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Candice Bergen
  • Senta Berger
  • Marlon Brando
  • Horst Buchholz
  • Maria Callas
  • Capucine
  • Claudia Cardinale
  • Joan Collins
  • Jean Cocteau
  • Salvador Dalí
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Karin Dor
  • Françoise Dorléac
  • Anita Ekberg
  • Jane Fonda
  • James Garner
  • William Holden
  • Rock Hudson
  • Christine Kaufmann
  • Grace Kelly
  • Hildegard Knef
  • Daliah Lavi
  • Gina Lollobrigida
  • Sophia Loren
  • Antonella Lualdi
  • Silvana Mangano
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Lee Marvin
  • Marcello Mastroianni
  • Micki Marlo
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Jeanne Moreau
  • Michèle Morgan
  • Ruth Niehaus
  • Kim Novak
  • Uschi Obermaier
  • Gregory Peck
  • Anthony Perkins
  • Diana Ross
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • Maria Schell
  • Romy Schneider
  • Jean Seberg
  • Elke Sommer
  • Alexandra Stewart
  • Susan Strasberg
  • Sharon Tate
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Nadja Tiller
  • Alida Valli
  • Marie Versini
  • Monica Vitti


Directors, other entertainment luminaries:


Franz Antel, Michelangelo Antonioni, Felix Basch, Paul Bogart, Marlon Brando, Michael Cacoyannis, Don Chaffey, Anatoli Choukrai, Henri-Georges Clouzot

Jean Cocteau, Michael Curtiz, Paul Czinner, Salvador Dali, Gordon Davidson, Philippe De Broca, Vittorio De Sica, Cecil B. DeMille, Bernard Deschamps

Edward Dmytryk, Michael Douglas, Federico Fellini, Walter Felsenstein, Richard Fleischer, John Ford, John Frankenheimer, Marty Fried, Jack Garfein, Pietro Germi

Jean-Luc Godard, Lee Grant, Horst Hächler, Ernst Häusserman, Jim Henson, Geoffrey Holder, Ken Hughes, Helmuth Käutner, Elia Kazan, Diane Keaton

Fritz Kortner, Henry Koster, John Krish, Akira Kurosawa, Lotte Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Bobbie Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Harold Lloyd, Ernst Lubitsch, Sidney Lumet

Joseph Mankiewicz, Paul Mann, Franz Marischka, Rudy Mate, Paul Newman, Tom O'Horgan, G. W. Pabst, Daniel Petrie, Erwin Piscator, Sidney Poitier, Roman Polanski

Robert Porterfield, Otto Preminger, Alain Resnais, Jean Louis Richard, Roberto Rossellini, George Schaeffer, Oscar Fritz Schuh, Frank Silvera, George Stevens

Lee Strasberg, Giorgio Strehler, George Tabori, J. Lee Thompson, François Truffaut, Roger Vadim, Agnès Varda, Luchino Visconti, Alfred Vohrer, Erich Von Stroheim

Andréas Voutsinas, Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Franco Zeffirelli

Film Assignments:


Jules et Jim                                                                       Truffaut

Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune                                              Vadim

The Vice and the Virtue                                                   Vadim

Fearless Vampire Killers                                                 Polanski

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow                                    De Sica

Une Femme Est Une Femme                                           Goddard

Fear                                                                                   Rosselini

Cartouche                                                                         De Broca

Giant                                                                                 Stevens

Anne Frank                                                                       Stevens

Guys and Dolls                                                                 Mankiewicz

Horse Soldiers                                                                  Ford

Majority of One                                                                Leroy

Walk on the Wild Side                                                     Dmytryk

Wild in the Streets                                                           Spear

Leonidas                                                                           Matte

The Day the Fish Came Out                                             Cocayannis

The Pawnbroker                                                               Lumet

La Verite                                                                           Clouzot

La Loi Sacree                                                                   Pabst

Baby Doll                                                                         Kazan

Summertime                                                                     Lean


The 13 Most Beautiful Girls                                            Warhol

The Three Sisters                                                             Bogart

Francis of Assissi                                                             Curtiz

The Swimmer                                                                   Perry

Cape Fear                                                                         

The Man Who Had Power Over Women                        

The Spy With The Cold Nose                                         


Mata Hari                                                                        




2002                Jewish Museum - Vienna Austria “Vom Grossvater vertrieben”

2002                LEICA Gallery, NYC Portrait of Al Hirschfeld

2001                National Portrait Gallery -- London Dame Elizabeth (Taylor)

2001                Fahey-Klein Gallery, LA Group Show/Great Directors

2001                Museum/City of New York, Al Hirschfeld Exhibit

2000                Museum of Modern Art, NY, Brigitte Bardot

1999                Vienna, Austria – “übersee”

1999                Stadt Museum, Munich, Germany “TWEN” exhibit

1997                Museum of the Moving Image – Grace Kelly

1996                Staley Wise Gallery, NY “Shooting Stars” – one man show

1980s              Museum of Modern Art, NY, Sophia Loren

                       LA County Museum "Masters of Starlight" (subsequently traveled to Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan)

                      Stadt Museum, Munich, Germany “AKT” (nudes)





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