As we bid farewell to Hollywood our beloved star-studded town and continue East to cowboy country on our summer road trip, we wanted to salute the World’s entertainment capital by sharing our all-time favourite photographers from the golden age of Hollywood.
(Audrey Hepburn- “The Nun’s Story” Sitting, Belgian Congo, Leo Fuchs 1961)
Leo Fuchs- is a Hollywood veteran who spent 20 years (1944 -1965) photographing some of the most moving and memorable images of ‘50s and ‘60s film icons. He had a major retrospective at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in L.A in 2001. “Shooting Stars: Photographs by Leo Fuchs,” and has been hailed as one of Hollywood’s greatest photographers from the Golden Age. Many of his images capture stars in relaxed, unpretentious, none-posy fleeting everyday moments meaning his images have a real genuine quality to them. This shot of Audrey Hepburn is a personal favourite.
Marlene Dietrich by George Hurrell
George Hurrell- The master of Hollywood Glamour photography. In contrast to Leo Fuchs, George Hurrell captured the most exquisite glamour shots of 1930’s-1940’s Hollywood that were usually highly posed, provocative and taken in his studio. Working as the head of photography at MGM Hurrell photographed all the stars of the time from Greta Garbo to Rita Hayworth. Harrell’s’ use of light and strong shadow cleverly exaggerates Dietrichs’ beautiful cheek bones and perfectly defined jawline. He also uses lots of feathers, draped high-shine fabrics and fur to create texture, layering within his images that add another dimension, truly reflecting the opulence of the era.
Norma Jeane by Bernard Of Hollywood 1946
Bruno Bernard–Professional Glamour Photographer Bernard Bruno worked at his studio ‘Bernard Of Hollywood’ and photographed most of the big stars in the 1940’s and 1950’s, such as Bette Davis, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, Anita Ekberg, and of course Marilyn Monroe. Bernard of Hollywood’s pin-up works ranged from strippers, Vegas showgirls to all the starlets of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The early photographs of Norma Jeane soon to become the iconic sensation Marilyn Monroe taken at Bernard of Hollywood are so fun, smiley, innocent and make me happy whenever I see them, don’t you just love this picture?
Film still of Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger
Virgil Apger– Noteworthy in Oscar history for being the only photographer to receive an Academy Award for “Mrs. Miniver” in 1942 for Production Stills. Virgil Apger enjoyed a long career photographing stars on the set of great classics and as a portrait photographer, photographing many sexy shots of Ava Gardner in fishnet stockings and leotards. Gardner was one of his favorite subjects. Their work together is comparable to that of Hurrell’s work with Crawford capturing a certain sexuality and glamour that is both approachable and alluring.
Hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look back at some of the finest photographers from Hollywoods Golden Age. As we leave Hollywood and head for Cowboy country we will be continuing to photograph our daily adventures along the way. We love that photography allows us the opportunity to share in our everyday adventures, that every click captures a moment to be remembered.
‘The World we live in is a succession of fleeting moments any one of which might say something significant.’ (Alfred Eisenstaedt)
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