Steve McQueen photo exhibit at San Francisco Art Exchange on May 5

 Steve McQueen is returning to the city where he made his most famous movie, but it won’t be at a theater or film retrospective.

Instead, McQueen will be brought back to life on the walls of a world famous art gallery in San Francisco , California .

Barbara McQueen’s photos of her superstar husband will make its world premiere on May 5 at the San Francisco Art Exchange, 458 E. Geary Street . The exhibit takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is co-hosted by Bonhams and Butterfields, a San Francisco-based firm which hosted a McQueen memorabilia auction in November 2006.

“The idea of having a photo exhibit has been a long-time dream of mine,” said Barbara McQueen. “And the perfect place to host such an exhibit is in the city where Steve filmed Bullitt.”

This exhibition is a personal collection of approximately 40 photographs taken by Steve's widow and former model Barbara McQueen, who has remained silent about her relationship with husband Steve McQueen for more than 25 years.  Now she is ready to talk about their life together and her photographs, which offer an extremely personal insight into the final years of Steve McQueen.

The photos offer candid shots from 1977 to 1980 – the actor’s years out of the spotlight. It also chronicles her years with McQueen at Trancas Beach , Ketchum , Idaho and Santa Paula as well as behind-the-scenes photos on the set of Tom Horn and The Hunter.

“It will be a fun gathering of family and friends and an eclectic mix of people,” said author Marshall Terrill, who is organizing the exhibit. “I’m sure there will be people from all walks of life including bikers, artists, poets, actors, accountants, writers and McQueen fans.  Everyone is welcome.”

Both Barbara McQueen and Marshall Terrill will give a short presentation on the photos (some that have never been seen before) and then take questions afterward.

The cost to attend the exhibit is free, but an RSVP is required to guarantee admittance.  Contact Theron Kabrich at (800) 344-9633 or e-mail at