Check out Bob Deutsch's amazing shots of celebrities if you're in his neighborhood in Florida—his stuff was captured when he was a star-crazy gay kid, and he wound up getting posed shots of Streisand, Burnett, Garland and many, many more.
I think you can tell a lot about a photographer from the expression of a subject in a candid photo, and his subjects always glow.
Bob spoke with SFGN of his Marilyn Monroe encounter:
He collected autographs from many of the stars, but it was an encounter with Marilyn Monroe at Madison Square Garden that would send him on a career as a celebrity photographer. Monroe was attending a 1962 salute to President John Kennedy and Deutsch spotted her getting out of her limousine, but she declined to sign his autograph book. That’s when he “went out and got a camera.”
Bob was a staple at Studio 54 as a by-then pro shooter. He remembers:
It was such a great rush to walk past all those people (waiting) in the line to get in. But, I guarantee you, I didn’t have as a good a time as the people who were dancing.
Check out his work, which spans from the early '60s through 1983.