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"Unseen Hurrell: Classics and Rediscovered Photographs from the Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
2001-01-09 until 2001-03-19
Tacoma Art Museum
USA United States of America
The name of George Hurrell became synonymous with the glamorous and
seductive photographs from the Hollywood studios of the 1930s and ’40s. The
brash young photographer set the mood for the film industry, capturing the
stars of the era with dramatic settings and innovative lighting and camera
techniques. Working with M.G.M., Warner Brothers, and Columbia Studios,
Hurrell created the most memorable photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette
Davis, Jean Harlow, and Jane Russell.
In this exhibition of black-and-white
photographs, we can see his publicity stills as a skillful adaptation combining
art and commerce. Hurrell would say that he tried to bring out the best, conceal
the worst, and leave something to the imagination. These images helped
create the illusions that softened the realities of the Depression and World War
II, and sustained the public through the establishment of the television era.
This exhibition is from the Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in Los Angeles.