Holz Hollywood is the true Hollywood story of photographer George Holz. It is a rich narrative of celebrity portraiture spanning over three decades.

Renate Gruber describes Holz’s images as having an “unexplainable élégance,” full of “allure” and “elite imagery” that conveys his “intense admiration of and respect for” his subjects, some of the world's best known film stars, musicians, and personalities. Holz's portraits are a virtual who's who of popular culture, including Nicolas Cage, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Dennis Hopper, Michael Jordan, Monica Lewinsky, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Sigourney Weaver, and countless others. In Holz Hollywood, through his photographs and stories, Grammy® Award winner George Holz presents an intimate glimpse into a glamorous world.

GEORGE HOLZ was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for Helmut Newton, whom he credits with guiding his career. As a fledgling photographer, he lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion for major European magazines such as Lei, Vogue Italia and French Elle. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he set up his famous studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for major publications such as Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. His fine-art nudes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Holz works as an adjunct professor and lectures internationally at museums and universities. He is presently based in the rustic Catskill Mountains of New York, where he lives on a farm with his family, two dogs, and flock of East Friesian sheep.


George is always focused on making me look the way he sees me when the camera isn’t rolling—capturing the essence of the real person, not just a persona.

—Mariah Carey

George is a genuine and good and wholesome man, and yes, he’s a true artist. The photographs we generated together represent all of those things. That is true beauty.

—Andie MacDowell


Foreword by Renate Gruber. Renate Gruber was born 1936 in Cologne, Germany. In 1958, she and her late husband, Prof. Dr. L. Fritz Gruber (1908–2005), began building the Gruber Collection: Photography of the 20th Century, which became part of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 1977. An honorary member of the Photographic Society of Germany and founding member of the International Photoscene Cologne, Gruber works internationally as a juror, adviser, and commentator in all fields of photography. Over the years, she became friends and worked closely with many well-known photographers, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Duane Michals, Lucia Moholy, Juliet and Man Ray, August Sander, and Edward Steichen.


  • All photographs © George Holz 2015
  • georgeholz.com
  • Published by DAAB MEDIA GMBH, Cologne
  • Design: John Heiden, Smog Design, Inc., Los Angeles
  • Copy editing: Jennifer Holz
  • 304 pages 
  • 164 tritone black & white plates  
  • 89 four-color plates
  • Dust Jacket Front Cover: Dennis Hopper, Venice 1995 courtesy of the Hopper Art Trust
  • Dust Jacket Back Cover: Terri May, Hollywood 1983
  • Book Cover: Dominique Swain, Malibu 2000

Partial proceeds from this book project to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research worldwide.