George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992

George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992

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by Mark A. Vieira

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Fabulous montage of new insights, new portraits, and behind-the-scenes stories spanning Hurrell's entire career.
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Fabulous montage of new insights, new portraits, and behind-the-scenes stories spanning Hurrell's entire career.

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The New York Times Book Review - Luc Sante
[Hurrell] could apparently do anything with light, and he used it to conjure mystery, sex and glamour around people who might have otherwise looked like anybody waiting for a bus…The book, along with its useful text, presents rapture upon rapture: Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, all of them as if projected upon the night sky and visible for thousands of miles.
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Years ago, writer-photographer Mark A. Vieira wrote and compiled a handsome book called Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits.This enormous and elegant volume supersedes it, not only in the quantity and quality of photographs it presents, but in Vieira’s candid text, which expands on his earlier work and delves into the second part of Hurrell’s life... I think it’s fair to refer to this exquisite tome as definitive.
- Leonard Maltin

“A stunning collection of Hollywood portraits by George Hurrell, accompanied by an exploration of his life and career.”
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Library Journal
Light and shadow; goddesses of the silver screen; Jean Harlow's white hair, white skin, white dress on a polar bear rug; Joan Crawford's perfect angles; Bette Davis's eyes: images of the Golden Era of Hollywood, long ingrained in American culture and memory. The master behind some of the most iconic photographic celebrity studies was George Hurrell, who started off in a small studio in Los Angeles in the 1920s, whose career lasted—with the usual ups and downs—until his death in 1992 and whose works are now valuable, sought-after collectibles. Photographer and writer Vieira (Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood; Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince) intertwines the twists and turns of Hurrell's life with hundreds of images of his best work, some published here for the first time. The author, who penned a previous work on Hurrell (Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits), takes a second look at a fascinating subject and, once again, writes a compelling, well-researched narrative that is as absorbing as the pictures that accompany it. VERDICT This beautiful coffee-table book will appeal to anyone interested in the art of photography, the film industry, glamour portraiture, and Hollywood history.—Teri Shiel, Univ. of Connecticut Health Ctr. Lib., Farmington

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