Recommended Reading: Hollywood Glamour Photography

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RECOMMENDED READING:
HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY


Masters-of-StarlightMasters of Starlight: Photographers in Hollywood
This book is the perfect starting point on the history of Hollywood portrait photography with an overview of more than 40 top Hollywood portrait photographers from the 20s-50s.

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Hollywood-Glamour-PortraitsHollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Photos of Stars, 1926-1949
145 striking, black-and-white photos capture famous actors from 1926 to 1949 – Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Montgomery, Marlon Brando, Veronica Lake – 94 stars in all.

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Art-of-Great-Hollywood-Portrait-PhotographersThe Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers
John Kobal’s The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers is one of the essential books for anyone interested in Hollywood glamour photography. Kobal gives an illuminating account of the function of the movies during the Depression, contrasting Hollywood photography with Walker Evans’ reportage.

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George-Hurrells-HollywoodGeorge Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992
George Hurrell (1904-1992) 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.

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Hurrell-Hollywood-PortraitsHurrell’s Hollywood Portraits: The Chapman Collection
George Hurrell perfected 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 1925 until his departure in 1943. During that time he photographed all of the greatest personalities in Hollywood. These prints from the Chapman Collection, represent one of the most extensive archives of original Hurrell photographs in the world, and include a number of rarities and surprises.

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Clarence-Sinclair-Bull-Shot-GarboThe Man Who Shot Garbo: Hollywood Photographs of Clarence Sinclair Bull
Clarence Sinclair Bull photographed portraits of the most celebrated Hollywood film stars. He is particularly known for his photographs of Greta Garbo who was almost exclusively photographed by Bull from 1921 to 1941. This book highlights Bull’s 40-year career at MGM with nearly 200 of his enduring portraits of filmstars such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Vivian Leigh, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Katherine Hepburn.

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MODERN MASTERS


Notorious-Herb-RittsNotorious by Herb Ritts
The foremost photographer for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Interview offers a sweeping array of virtually unpublished portraits of Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor, William Burroughs, and other well-known personalities from the art, entertainment, and literary worlds. 120 duotone photographs, plus three 8-page gate-folds.

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Herb-Ritts-LA-StyleHerb Ritts: L.A. Style
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952-2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits.

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Matthew-Ralston-Big-PicturesBig Pictures by Matthew Rolston
Matthew Rolston illuminates the pages of most high-style magazines in the US and many abroad. This book brings together 75 of Rolston’s images. Included among the reproduced colour and black and white photographs are Rolston’s renowned celebrity images – among them Michael Jackson, Madonna, Jodie Foster, Prince and Isabella Rossellini – and also his fashion photographs, nudes and abstracts.

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Greg-Gorman-Vol-1Greg Gorman, Vol. 1
Celebrity photographer Greg Gorman’s bold, iconic black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and models of 1980’s – Volume 1

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Greg-Gorman-Vol-2Greg Gorman, Vol. 2
Celebrity photographer Greg Gorman’s bold, iconic black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and models of 1980’s – Volume 2

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ART & SOUL: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the ArtsArt & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts
Hollywood glamour portraits of 123 Hollywood stars and members of the entertainment industry are accompanied by their handwritten personal testimonials expressing the importance of the arts education in our culture and the positive impact the arts has on our lives.

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