Passports of the rich, famous and enviably photogenic
EVERYONE, save for her blessed Majesty The Queen, needs a passport to travel overseas. (A British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, so it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.) This mean that Her Majesty need not pose for the dreaded passport photo – small relief given that her head is scrutinised on coinage and stamps.
Britishers applying for a passport should submit an exacting photograph:
Your photo may be rejected unless it shows you:
facing forward and looking straight at the camera
with a neutral expression and your mouth closed
without anything covering the face
in clear contrast to the background
without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
without any shadows in the picture
In this gallery of passports, we see how the rich and famous coped with posing for tiny picture that would be scrutinised by lantern-jawed officialdom.
Passports issued in the 1950s to John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kenned.
The stamps forms an almost perfect target about his head.
Distinguishing features: Deep green eyes like a fresh-cut cabbage.
Sammy Davis plays Guatanamo Bay
David Bowie – possibly the most indecently flattering passport photo of all time.
Something of the mug shot about this Marilyn Monroe photo. And fingerprints should help implicate her in all manner of crimes.
John Lennon… Come in John Lennon… Receiving. Over. You’re breaking up… Over.
Katharine Hepburn was ever photogenic.
Johnny Cash sticks with his tough guy persona.
Janis Joplin. Anything to declare?
James Joyce. Get a load of those words. So many, many, many words.
Ernest Hemingway really is looking right back at you.
Albert Einstein. Passports..? Where we’re going, we don’t need passports…
To be continued…
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