Art | June 10, 2016 10:30 am

‘Gus Van Sant: Icons’ Brings Director’s Vision to Life

It’s a rare treat for film lovers to experience, firsthand, a director’s relationship with his actors or see his vision of a scene before it hits the cutting room floor. Gus Van Sant: Icons is a new book that provides unfettered access from the man responsible for films such as Good Will Hunting, Milk, My Own Private Idaho, and Drugstore Cowboy. Readers get an unfiltered account of a number of famous films through Van Sant’s own photographs taken on set and a previously unpublished interview from 2015. The book also offers anecdotes and in-depth appraisals of the production processes for each of Van Sant’s films. Icons goes on sale June 28; pre-order a copy here. In advance of the book’s release, take a look at some of Van Sant’s photos below.

Nicole Kidman, Polaroids, 1983-1999 (Gus Van Sant) Drew Barrymore, Polaroids, 1983-1999 (Gus Van Sant) Keanu Reeves, Polaroids, 1983-1999 (Gus Van Sant) Matt Damon, Polaroids, 1983-1999 (Gus Van Sant) Michael Pitt in ‘Last Days,’ 2005 (© HBO Films) Michael Pitt in ‘Last Days,’ 2005 (© HBO Films) Nicole Kidman in ‘To Die For,’ 1995 (©Mission Distribution) Casey Affleck and Mat Damon in ‘Gerry’ in 2002 (Gus Van Sant) Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix in ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ 1991 (© New Line Cinema) River Phoenix in ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ 1991 (© New Line Cinema) Josh Robinson in ‘Elephant,’ 2003 (© HBO)