George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992 Hardcover
Author: Visit Amazon's Mark A. Vieira Page | Language: English | ISBN: 0762450398
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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.”
- Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.
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- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Running Press; First Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762450398
- ISBN-13: 978-0762450398
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.3 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
I have been a major Hollywood glamor collector since I was 11 years old and have all of our favorite movie picture books (A World of Movies, Image Makers, Four fabulous Faces, Grand Illusions), etc. NONE of them can compare to 'George Hurrell's Hollwywood', not even the book of his work that he was personally involved in. This book is not only a book, but an "experience."
The photography quality is so crystal clear and so beautiful, it is often startling. The tones are breath taking in their perfection.
There are close to 400 pages of photos of most every name you can imagine, especially the greats. I have seen a lot in my time (I used to work at a major movie memorabilia store for 4 years) and many of these photos I have never seen before. Staggeringly beautiful shots of Crawford can be found throughout (lots of her in here!), as well as Harlow (more of her is included than you are used to seeing from her Hurrell sessions), as well as very rare Mae West's showing that in fact she really was a beauty, and lots of Norma Shearer and Garbo.
One shot of Robert Taylor (page 311) is so lifelike it is as if he's there in person, looking at you. Had the image been any larger than 4X6 I might felt compelled to get up and at LEAST put on a bath robe!
Then...there is the text. Wow. Not the usual brief descriptions or captions as seen in other books, but true and fascinating behind- the-scenes stories of many of the famous photo shoots. We learn all KINDS of interesting things about the old stars and how certain beloved photographs came to be; the music played during the shoots, the quirks, difficulties, lighting techniques, etc. Some anecdotes are very funny.
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