In the Midtown Manhattan apartment that Camilla McGrath shared with her husband, Earl, who ran Rolling Stones Records, “there was always a good chance of stumbling onto an unexpected scene,” writes Andrea Di Robilant in a new book of Camilla’s photographs. “Governor Jerry Brown (who had just announced he was running for the presidency) coming out of the bedroom in his boxers looking for Linda Ronstadt; Keith Richards standing alone at the big Twombly painting, picking at an invisible electric guitar; Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn sitting on the low couch in the dining room, silently sketching each other’s portrait.”

Camilla McGrath at her family estate, in Marlia, Italy, 1959. The villa was once owned by Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, sister of Napoleon.

The Italian-American Camilla McGrath was untrained in photography but nonetheless spent five decades filling photo albums with portraits of her and Earl’s life in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. Earl referred to Camilla as “the Nazi of the Nikon.” And though he “complained when the Italians” in their apartment “became too loud or numerous”—“the Italians” here referring to friends such as Marella Agnelli, Michelangelo Antonioni, Isabella Rossellini, and Bernardo Bertolucci—Camilla’s photos captured a singular meeting of places and industries.