Author(s): Mark A. Vieira
George Hurrell is credited as the master of the Hollywood glamour portrait. He photographed every star from Greta Garbo to Humphrey Bogart to Sharon Stone. Written by historian and former Hurrell assistant Mark A. Vieira, George Hurrell's Hollywood is the definitive retrospective. George Hurrell was called the "Rembrandt of Hollywood." Before his arrival, movie star portraits were "soft focus" and undistinguished, derivative of the Main Street USA portrait salon. Hurrell instituted a sharp, dramatic look. The vibrant, temperamental artist was an original, loved by the subjects he glamorized. For these performers, a Hurrell portrait was the passport to immortality. Featuring rare and never-before-published portraits and behind-the-scenes images, George Hurrell's Hollywood covers Hurrell's entire career, from his beginnings as a Los Angeles society photographer to his finale as the celebrity photographer who became a celebrity himself. Hundreds of pristine images showcase the photographer's work with Hollywood icons from 1929 to 1992.
The text recounts the artist's life, from his childhood to the heyday of his career as a starmaker, through the previously untold stories of his fall from grace and eventual comeback. Filled with previously unseen photos of the biggest stars across more than six decades and abounding with fresh insight from film historian Mark A. Vieria, this volume is not only the ultimate showcase of the trailblazing artist's work but an indispensable treasury of Hollywood lore. The book includes a foreword by Hurrell's final camera subject, Sharon Stone.
Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.