In 1995, I was asked to shoot producer Julia Phillips for W Magazine. She has just come out with her second book, Driving Under the Influence, and this spread was intended to promote her work. I could see immediately why Julia was considered a true Hollywood legend. She was a no bullshit, straight-talking kind of woman (what’s not to love?). She knew what she wanted, when she wanted it, and so did I. We were like a photographic match made in heaven.
Before the shoot, we met up to brainstorm ideas. She smoked non-stop while we shared a bottle of vodka and discussed possible concepts. The following day I came back to her house and asked her to climb down into her empty pool. Then the shoot began. I told her I wanted to capture her strength and intelligence first and foremost. And I did! This is a shoot I will never forget.
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