"American Cool" is an exhibition on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington and features iconic figures from U.S. history who embodied and symbolized "cool" in their generation. Here is a selection of images from the exhibition. James Dean by Roy Schatt, 1954.
Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman, 1955.
Debbie Harry by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1978.
Tony Hawk by Martin Schoeller, 1999 (printed 2010).
Kurt Cobain by Mark Seliger, 1993, printed 2013.
Elvis Presley by Roger Marshutz, 1956.
Frank Sinatra by Herman Leonard, c. 1956.
Jimi Hendrix by Linda McCartney, 1967 (printed later).
Lauren Bacall by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1949 (printed 2013).
Madonna by Kate Simon, 1983 (printed 2013).
Jean-Michel Basquiat by Dmitri Kasterine, 1986.
Marlon Brando by Philippe Halsman, 1950 (printed later).
Benicio del Toro by Cass Bird, 2008 (printed 2012).
David Byrne by Marcia Resnick, 1981.
Miles Davis by Aram Avakian, 1955 (printed 2012).
Billie Holliday by Bob Willoughby, 1951 (printed 1991).
Humphrey Bogart by Philippe Halsman, 1944.
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1970.
Muddy Waters by Charles H. Stewart, c. 1960.
Charles H. Stewart
Bessie Smith by Carl Van Vechten, 1936.
Carl Van Vechten
Bix Beiderbecke by and unidentified Artist, c. 1920.
National Portrait Gallery
Frederick Douglass, Unidentified Artist, 1856.
Walt Whitman by Samuel Hollyer, c. 1854-1855.