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Richard Amsel



Richard Amsel was born in Philadelphia in December, 1947. While a student at the Philadelphia College of Art, he proposed poster art for the Barbra Streisand musical Hello, Dolly!, that was selected for the film’s campaign after a nationwide artists’ talent search ; he was only 22 at the time. His illustrations caught the attention of singer/songwriter Barry Manilow, who introduced him to Bette Midler. Soon Amsel designed Middler’s album cover The Divine Miss M. More album covers followed, as well as series of magazine ads and movie posters, for some of the most popular films of the 70’s : The Champ, Chinatown, Julia, The Last Picture Show, The Muppet Movie, Murder on the Orient Express, Papillon…
In 1972, TV Guide commissioned Amsel to do a cover featuring the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Thus began Amsel's 13-year association with the entertainment magazine, resulting in over 40 covers—a record held to this day. The "Amsel covers", feature portraits of such figures as John Travolta, Elvis Presley, Ingrid Bergman, Johnny Carson, Tom Selleck, Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Princess Grace and Katharine Hepburn. The 80's marked a dramatic change in movie marketing campaigns, with more and more employing photographs in favor of illustrations. Yet Amsel remained productive, his trademark signature becoming a widely recognizable fixture on further magazine covers and movie posters, including Flash Gordon, and The Dark Crystal, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Amsel died succumbing to complications from AIDS on November 17, 1985. (From Wikipedia)

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