Hollywood in Kodachrome

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Kodachrome film saturated the 1940s with an unprecedented explosion of color. Movie audiences, accustomed to seeing photographs of their favorite stars on magazine covers, billboards, and cinema marquees in monochrome or black-and-white, were suddenly enthralled as their idols came to life in vibrant hues as flesh-and-blood human beings. For the first time, the world was treated to the glory of Rita Hayworth's auburn hair, Gary Cooper's blue eyes, Betty Grable's rosy cheeks, and...

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Overview

Kodachrome film saturated the 1940s with an unprecedented explosion of color. Movie audiences, accustomed to seeing photographs of their favorite stars on magazine covers, billboards, and cinema marquees in monochrome or black-and-white, were suddenly enthralled as their idols came to life in vibrant hues as flesh-and-blood human beings. For the first time, the world was treated to the glory of Rita Hayworth's auburn hair, Gary Cooper's blue eyes, Betty Grable's rosy cheeks, and the multicolored fruit bouquets of Carmen Miranda's hats.

Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has amassed one of the world's largest private collections of original Kodachromes and color photographs from the 1940s. Now, in Hollywood in Kodachrome, he has gathered spectacular, museum-quality work from many of the great photographers of Hollywood's golden era—George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, John Engstead, Paul Hesse, Ernest Bachrach, Bernard of Hollywood, Robert Coburn, Ray Jones, Bud Fraker, Frank Powolny, Eugene Robert Richee, and many others—to create this stunning portfolio of images that pays homage to the richest, clearest, most brilliant, and archivally dependable film stock in history.

Among the highlights:

  • Rare and classic images digitally restored from their original 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 Kodachrome sheet transparencies, vintage Carbro and dye transfer prints, and modern Cibachrome prints.
  • Never-before-seen publicity photos, scene stills, and work shots from many of Hollywood's most beloved films of the 1940s.
  • Previously unpublished portraits of Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Lana Turner, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and many others.
  • Rare "posed candids" and behind-the-scenes photos of stars at play, poolside, relaxing at home, and with family.
  • Unpublished outtakes of stars in famous ad campaigns, including Max Factor, Lux, Lipton Tea, Lucky Strike, and Royal Crown Cola.
  • Never-before-seen WWII patriot photography of stars in service uniform and posing with the American flag.

Pairing more than 250 first-generation photographs with vintage magazine covers, advertisements, movie posters, quotes from photographers, and a personal foreword by Hollywood's "Queen of Technicolor," Rhonda Fleming, Hollywood in Kodachrome is an unforgettable showcase of a time when movies were truly glamorous and color photography reigned supreme at its most luscious.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062265548
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 239,261
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Australian-born David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world's largest independent archives of original photographs, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Wills has produced a series of photography exhibitions based on images from his archive. His shows include Murder, Models, Madness: Photographs from the Motion Picture Blow-UpEdie Sedgwick: Unseen Photographs of a Warhol SuperstarBlonde BombshellJames BondWomen with Issues: Photographs from the Motion Picture Valley of the Dolls; and Warhology.

In 2002 Wills photo-edited Bernard of Hollywood's Ultimate Pin-up Book, in 2008 he coauthored Veruschka, in 2010 he authored Ara Gallant featuring an introduction by Angelica Huston, in 2011 he wrote Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, and in 2012 he authored Audrey: The 60s.

His books and exhibitions have received major profiles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesVanity FairAmerican PhotoVogue, and Time. He has also written articles on photography and popular culture for publications including the Huffington PostV Magazine, and Palm Springs Life.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Schmidt is principal of the graphic design company Duuplex, which focuses on brand identity, Web and mobile UI design, and book design. Stephen has provided design and editorial contributions to numerous illustrated book projects. His design work includes the books Audrey: The 60s; Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis; Karim Rashid: Evolution; Florida Modern; Rome, the official companion book to the acclaimed HBO series; and Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr., which received a First Place Photography Book award from the New York Book Show.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Interesting

    This book is interesting for Hollywood lovers. There are photographs of a very young Marilyn for an advertisment. The problem with that book is the printing. It seems they over saturated the images. I know Kodachrome are supposed to be very vivid colors. But I still think that they push it too much. Maybe Kodachrome doesn't translate too well in our Digital era ?

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