Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow, 1930-tallet

George Hurrell
1904 - 1992

Silver Gelatin Print. 49.7 x 36.4 cm.

© George Hurell

Om fotografen

George Hurrell was an American photographer best known for his portraits of Hollywood movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich. Hurrell’s style of lighting and composition enhanced the glamour associated with Hollywood during the 1930s. Born in 1904 in Covington, KY, he grew up in Cincinnati, OH, developing an interest in painting and photography as a child. Hurrell went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and initially used photography as a way to document his paintings. Well living at painting colony in California during the mid-1920s, photography had started to become his preferred medium. After having made some seductive photos for the actress Norma Shearer, Hurrell was hired on as the head of MGM studios photography department. While working at MGM, he was put in charge taking headshots of the Hollywood stars for each new film. Hurrell served in World War II, and afterward lived in New York as a fashion photographer. Though he returned to Hollywood in the mid-1950s, he found his portraits no longer appealed to studios, though he continued to work as a still photographer on film sets. The artist died on May 17, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA. Today, his works are held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., among others.
George Hurrell