Marlene Dietrich by George Hurrell (what a stúnning headpiece, don't you agree?)
I don't have to tell you that I love, love, love old Hollywood glamour photography; you only have to look at the many portraits of myself that I share with you on this blog ( and I promise you that I am not narcissistic ;-) )! I love the angles, color, composition, but above al the lightning. George Hurrell is one of my favorites and ofcourse the best and most famous glamour photographer. His portrait of Marlene Dietrich on top of this post is one of my favorites.
George Hurrell behind the scenes
Ben and I collect real, authentic autographs of Hollywood stars from the 1930s and 1940s and we combine the autographs with their glamour portrait in a frame. They are hanging in the bedroom and inspire me in the morning when I wake up to be glamorous everyday. I love to recreate glamour portraits and capacitate myself in this skill. I study these portraits carefully and look at the poses, makeup and clothing. But more important; lightning. On the internet there are many studio tips and setups. Also the retouche is an important factor in these photographs. Shown below; a retouche by George Hurrell on Joan Crawford.
I wanted to share with you a couple of Hollywood glamour portraits that are my favorites and of which I think are real masterpieces. Not in specific order.
Grace Kelly photographed by Loomis Dean, 1954.
Hedy Lamarr by Laszlo Willinger, 1940
Ann Sheridan by George Hurrell
Carole Lombard by Ernest Bachrach, 1939
Vivien Leigh for Paramount Pictures
(If you enlarge the photo you can see the original lines of her stomach which has been retouched)
Vivien Leigh by Angus McBean