Roy Schatt
  • "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.
    Roy Schatt
  • Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman, 1955.
    Philippe Halsman
  • Debbie Harry by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1978.
    Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Tony Hawk by Martin Schoeller, 1999 (printed 2010).
    Martin Schoeller
  • Kurt Cobain by Mark Seliger, 1993, printed 2013.
    Mark Seliger
  • Elvis Presley by Roger Marshutz, 1956.
    Roger Marshutz
  • Frank Sinatra by Herman Leonard, c. 1956.
    Herman Leonard
  • Jimi Hendrix by Linda McCartney, 1967 (printed later).
    Linda McCartney
  • Lauren Bacall by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1949 (printed 2013).
    Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • Madonna by Kate Simon, 1983 (printed 2013).
    Kate Simon
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat by Dmitri Kasterine, 1986.
    Dmitri Kasterine
  • Marlon Brando by Philippe Halsman, 1950 (printed later).
    Philippe Halsman
  • Benicio del Toro by Cass Bird, 2008 (printed 2012).
    Cass Bird
  • David Byrne by Marcia Resnick, 1981.
    Marcia Resnick
  • Miles Davis by Aram Avakian, 1955 (printed 2012).
    Aram Avakian
  • Billie Holliday by Bob Willoughby, 1951 (printed 1991).
    Bob Willoughby
  • Humphrey Bogart by Philippe Halsman, 1944.
    Philippe Halsman
  • Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1970.
    Julian Wasser
  • 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.
    Unidentified Artist
  • Walt Whitman by Samuel Hollyer, c. 1854-1855.
    Samuel Hollyer