Hurrell returns to Laguna, thanks to his biographer   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.01.22 at 18:54
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The man who took that portrait of Carole Lombard was George Hurrell, whose iconic photography continues influencing style more than eight decades after he began working with Hollywood legends. And if you’re in southern California, tomorrow night in Laguna Beach you can meet his biographer, learn more about Hurrell and purchase an autographed copy of that universally-acclaimed biography, “George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992”:

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(It’s a hefty tome, holding hundreds of Hurrell portraits.)

Mark A. Vieira will appear at the Laguna Art Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday; admission is free, but reservations are required (find out the particulars at Last year, the museum hosted a Hurrell exhibit…

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…which was appropriate since the photographer lived for much of the 1920s in the fabled art colony.

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Vieira will sign copies of his book and give a talk on Hurrell’s life and career. The photographer rose to prominence in the 1930s, taking portraits of Lombard, Joan Crawford…

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…Myrna Loy…

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…Marion Davies…

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…Loretta Young…

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…and so many more.

But as Hollywood styles changed and glamour was de-emphasized, Hurrell faded from prominence after World War II, retreating to commercial photography, only to be rediscovered in the 1970s — while he not only was still around to enjoy it, but could capitalize on it through portraits of latter-day stars such as Farrah Fawcett…

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…and Paul McCartney…

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…before Hurrell’s death in 1992.

Vieira knows of what he writes, since he worked with the master for many of those later years:

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This event should be worth a visit for anyone interested in classic Hollywood glamour photography — which, given the nature of this site, probably includes most of you.

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Posted January 22, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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