George Hurrell's Hollywood

George Hurrell's Hollywood

Glamour Portraits 1925-1992

Book - 2013
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George Hurrell (1904-1992) was the creator of the Hollywood glamour portrait, the maverick artist who captured movie stars of the most exalted era in Hollywood history with bold contrast and seductive poses. This lavishly illustrated book spans Hurrell's entire career, from his beginnings as a society photographer to his finale as the celebrity photographer who was himself a celebrity, and a living legend.

From 1929 to 1944 Hurrell was the "Rembrandt of Hollywood," creating portraits of Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and Joan Crawford that were a blend of the ethereal and the erotic. His photos of Jane Russell sulking in a haystack made the unknown girl a star--without a film credit to her name. He immortalized leading males stars of the day from the Barrymores to Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. Latter photo shoots magnified the glamour of the likes of Warren Beatty and Sharon Stone.

Through newly acquired photos and in-depth research, photographer and historian Mark A. Vieira, author of Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits , offers not only a wealth of new images but a compelling sequel to the story presented in his earlier book on Hurrell. Hurrell was himself a star--rich, famous, successful. Then, at the height of his career, he suffered a vertiginous fall from grace. George Hurrell's Hollywood recounts, for the first time anywhere, Hurrell's rise from the ashes--how movie-still collectors and art dealers pulled the elderly artist into a nefarious world of theft and fraud; how his undiminished powers gave him a second career; and how his mercurial nature nearly destroyed it.

The photographs that motivate this tale are luminous, powerful, and timeless. This book showcases more than four hundred, most of which have not been published since they were created. George Hurrell's Hollywood is the ultimate work on this trailblazing artist, a fabulous montage of fact and anecdote, light and shadow.

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780762450398
Characteristics: 416 pages : illustrations (black and white), portraits (black and white, and some colour) ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Hurrell, George 1904-1992 Works


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Apr 26, 2018

During photographer, George Hurrell's impressive 14-year career (1928-1942) working through such top-name Hollywood studios as MGM, Warner Bros., and Columbia - He, pretty much, photographed the face of every, single big-name star that you could ever possibly think of.

This hefty-sized volume of striking b&w images will certainly give you a good idea of Hurrell's keen photographic genius. To say that his work, literally, epitomized Hollywood glamour of the 1930s & 40s would truly be an understatement (as you'll soon see for yourself).

Compiled (with informative text) by Mark Vieira - "Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits" clearly transforms the Hollywood star, not simply into a figure of high fashion - But into an erotic icon (which was very representative of its place and time in motion picture history).

*Note* - Born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1904) - George Hurrell (88 at the time) died of bladder cancer in 1992.


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