George Hurrell (1904-1992), "the Rembrandt of Hollywood glamour photography," began his long career in the late twenties and early thirties, snapping pictures of Laguna Beach friends and starlets. Eventually, his credits would include striking portraits of Mae West, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Veronica Lake, Natalie Wood, Bette Midler, John Travolta, Diana Ross, Warren Beatty and Farrah Fawcett. This coffee-table pictorial contains a foreword by Hurrell's final studio subject, Sharon Stone. An instant collectible.
George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992by Mark A. Vieira
George Hurrell (19041992) 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… See more details below
George Hurrell (19041992) 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 starwithout 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 starrich, 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 asheshow 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.
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The author Mark Vieira has written other books on Hurrell as he lays out in the introduction to the book. But this includes new details uncovered in recent years. If you are a fan of the work of Hurrell, being a photographer, or a fan of the stars of that era, and the stunning iconic images that were created for them, this is the essential book to get. The book "Hurrell, The Kobal Collection" has a number of Hurrell's most iconic images as well, but this book is loaded with much of Hurrell's best works. And much insight to the man and his process, including his relationship with the famous clients he catered to. I own a number of other books on both Hurrell, and by the author Marl Vieira. In my opinion, this is the best of both. Of note too, is that this book's many images are printed to a absolutely fantastic quality level. Many books you find on Classic Hollywood images have a fairly low standard of print quality. These all look stunning. Arguably, worthy of framing. Enjoy!