One Hell of An Eye
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Broad white walls of welcoming space. Great Italian food and friendly service. Venice Beach location. Capri restaurant owner Alona Cooke told me some of my celebrity portraits would  be a perfect  complement. A show. An exhibition. “Celebrity Access” she titled it.

We went through my photographs and she ultimately picked those with a turn of the head, a back turned, eyes shut or with baseball, the American flag and apple pie. I like her choices.  The twelve that are currently hanging each have a story of their own.


Celebrity western tailor to the stars--Nudie Cohn.


Jolting Joe DiMaggio with one of his nine World Series rings.

Roy & Dale with Trigger & Bullet.


New Journalism author Tom Wolfe.


Tina Turner cooling out.

George Harrison at his Crackerbox Palace.


John Cale for the cover of his album Paris 1919.


Painter Ed Ruscha in his Western Avenue, L.A. studio.


Martin Sheen on the boat; Apocalypse Now.


Andy Warhol and crew at the Paramount Pictures studio gate, Hollywood.


Alfred Hitchcock.


Francis Ford Coppola on the boat in the Philippines shooting Apocalypse Now.

Alona did a good job…they look nice up on those walls.  Work may be viewed every day from 5:30pm or by appointment, through April 15th. All of the pieces are available for purchase if you’re so inclined:)

Address: Capri Restaurant, 1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. For information call Alona Cooke @ (310) 392.8777. Stop by for a drink, dinner, or a just to take a look.

Tell Alona Mike Salisbury sent you.

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Love those old round gas pumps (Tom Wolfe photo)….David L.


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2 Responses to “Celebrity Access…Photos of My Favorites @ Capri”

  • Fairbanks Says:

    you are here on this earth, Mike Salisbury to live out loud, and it is genius. Thanks!

    MS Reply:

    thanks maxx! ms