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Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits

4.64  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This book presents in depth the work of George Hurrell, the photographer who more than anyone else was responsible for inventing the Hollywood "glamour" portrait - the essential publicity tool for the major studios during the Golden Age of the movies. The book traces his immense impact on the portrayal of the leading stars year by year, from his arrival in California in 19 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 1993)
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Aug 15, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography
Pundits trying to be clever like to point out the profane religiosity of our "celebrity worship," but we have nothing on "Golden Age" fandom. You could send away to fan clubs for glamour shots of your favorite stars--for glossy, burnished, super-retouched saint cards of divine human perfection. Some of Hurrell's shots of Jean Harlow look like vampish cartoons, barely real, and Marlene Dietrich was more of a beautiful drag queen than an actual woman. These images have the unnerving emotional inte ...more
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Nov 20, 2015 Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-photography
Great reproductions of those wonderful black & white studio portraits from Hollywood's Golden Years when there really was such a thing as a "motion picture star." The text is very informative for the general reader but is especially useful to the photographer who wants to know the actual techniques Hurrell used in his work. Some of these, such as the use of fresnel lighting, are fairly obvious while others, such as the choice of orthochromatic film to lighten skin tones, are not readily appa ...more
Feb 10, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect coffee table book: engaging photographs from the golden age of Hollywood. But if you want to go deeper, photographer and author Mark A. Vieira has the details on how the photos were taken, historical background on the actors/actresses -- and Vieira even goes so far as to correct who took many unattributed photos of Hollywood stars.

It also includes details on the retouching process that was extensively used to highlight aspects of the photos and remove wrinkles, freckles and o
Jenn Chaplin
Aug 15, 2013 Jenn Chaplin rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing collection of work by my favorite photographer, George Hurrell. His work is so breathtaking I could look at this book everyday. I love the added insight along with the captions of some of his most stunning portraits of old Hollywood. This is definitely a great collector's item for any photographer or George Hurrell fan.
Gregory Byerline
Excellent presentation of Hollywood's photographic history from 1925–1943, the iconic golden era of famed photographer George Hurrell. Must read for photographers dedicated to understanding the craft and how a master artist worked on his road to fame.
Oct 19, 2007 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-Code Film Fans and anyone who loves photography
Quite likely the most gorgeous portrait photos I have ever laid eyes on...I am going to research where the actual photos are as the prints in this book are stunning as they are. Joan! I stared for at least 5 minutes at every detail of the cover photo of her and Franchot Tone.
Dec 06, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Great discussion of the technical innovations Hurrell brought to photography.
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Aug 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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A truly inspirational book of photos and commentary that inspired me as a photographer and educated me without even realizing it.
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