Torn Sweater

James Dean

This group of photos is known as the Torn Sweater Series. The first shot has become perhaps the best known picture of Dean, used as a backdrop for the stage revue Grease, on six- and twelve-sheets outside of theaters, and sold as posters worldwide. Roy Schatt shot the series on December 29, 1954, at the request of Life magazine. They never ran in Life, but it didn't seem to affect their popularity.