Beardsley Revisited

Degree of difficulty Fairly easy, if retouched (2 lights) Mary Louise Brooks was around 19 when her first film. The Street of Forgotten Men was released in 1925. By the time these pictures were taken, she was well established as a Hollywood leading lady, though aficionados maintain that her best films were made in Germany, Technically, the most interesting thing about these pictures is that they rely on heavy, but simple, retouching for a great deal of their impact. Ms Brooks was probably...

Audrey Hepburn

I9S6 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (3 lights) The first film in which Fdda van liceimtra Hepburn-Ruston appeared, in 1951, was One Wild Oa , .t curiously touching description of her tomboyish and innocent sexiness. Watching for her in the Haling comedy The render Hill Mob (1951) is one of the many pleasures of a delightful movie. Her rise to stardom was more than confirmed by Roman Holiday (1953), for which she won her only Academy Award -though many would have given...

Birth Of A Star

Photofraptor James Abb*. 1920 Degree of difficulty Moderate (3 lights) Lillian Gish was a child performer who became one of the very first movie stars. She began in the days when actresses had to be young in order for their complexions to register pleasingly on film her first part in a film was in 1912, when she was 16. By the time of The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916), she was an experienced silent-movie actress when this picture was taken, contrary to her almost childlike...

Bullets And Brown Eyes

Photographer Ruth Harriet Louise. 1929 Degree of difficulty Challenging (probably 4 lights) One of John Pringlc's first films, from about ten released in the same year (1916), was Bullets and Brown Eyes. This sums up his career pretty well. He had the looks and the smouldering glance that were the sine ijttii non for a movie star of the period, but it seems that the talkies did him no favors when it became possible to hear his voice. This picture has considerable initial impact - not least from...

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Examples 82, 84, 86, 96, 100, 104, 128. 134 camera*. S, 16,41 see also camera tilt carbon arc* 12, 21 Carpenter, Eric 100 ( harisse, Cyd 130, no, 1 u 'cheesecake' example 64 chiaroscuro examples 26, 70,71, 100, 114 example* 60, 80, 98 clothing 92, 98 see alio hats Coburn, Robert 16, 4. 84, 90, 98 Colbert,Oaudette 62, 6 cookies 15 Davie*. Marian 6, 1, 22, Dean, James -depth of field 8. 17 examples 76, 80, 114 deterioration of negatives 8, 60 development 9. 21 ducetate film base 8 Dietrich,...

Come Up And See Me Sometime

Richcc. 1934 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (2 lights) The original line was 'Why don't you coinc up vometime and see me but the version we have used became so established in the public mind tlut Mae West herself started to say it to interviewers in later years - in that inimitable voice that always managed to discount the polite version of a double entendre. She is remembered as much for her wit and one-liners as for her looks. Fed the line 'Goodness, what beautiful...

Deadpan

George Hurrell. 1930 Degree of difficulty Fairly hard lights) With the rifh *U> ,ect. II it imximf ho* little jOu need to ihow Mere. Mr Keaton' trade rrurS hat and e en more t ademjrV deadpan yet are M by a ngte lamp fwtt abort the camera the effect la akm to on-camera Aith The b* k ho w> the background art probably lit with two or more ipott If they were on. they mould burn out completely With the rifh *U> ,ect. II it imximf ho* little jOu need to ihow Mere. Mr Keaton'...

Falling In Love Again

Photographer George Hurrell. 1936 Degree of difficulty. Fairly easy (4 lights) Two of Maria Magdalena Dietrich's movies came out in 1936 Desire and The Garden of Allah. Marlene was 35 in that year Der Blaue Engel was six years past, and Destry Rules A ain was three years in the future. Hurrell was running his own studio at the time, in the six-year gap between MGM and Warner Bros. The use of chiaroscuro is masterful light against dark, dark against light. With light alone, Hurrell creates a...

Gene Kelly

Photographer John Engstead. 1945 Degree of difficulty Easy (2 lights) 'When Fred Astaire dances, he represents the aristocracy. I represent the proletariat.' The temptation was to headline this page 4Sittin' in the Sun,' in tribute to Stngm' in the R.wt. but the chosen quote from Eugene Cur ran Kelly makes two interesting points. One is that the cult of the 'regular guv* had begun to take hold even in Hollywood. The other is that he knew words like * proletariat,' a word that many stars in...

George Hurrell

Above TM portrM of Ran> on Novarro wis Of* of Hurrtlfi eariett as a Ho& y*ood ewt be from the icoo i> ut foe Sm h* Job at MGM. It II vtcy d*c rent m tfyfc from the picture of V ron.ca Lite (oppose) Left The te f-portri t of Hurrctt wfcfc Robert Montgomery datet from the end of the MOM ye* n 1It teem 10 hive been ihot n a mirror, the bm dita Kifn around the betd arc topped The camera look- Ifce an II v 14 m. *fvch would Ka*e been ined with reducing backx the lero rt a Tay4or. Taylor...

He Thinks Hes Bogart

The rnun interest HI iM future. whkh wn hot in 1950 by Coburn. rt the way m v * Kh the agarette smoke is rented 'frozen.* instead of a diffuse bkir. as it appears in a number of other shots in this book. This was almoit certainly done with flash, probably electronic flash. The rnun interest HI iM future. whkh wn hot in 1950 by Coburn. rt the way m v * Kh the agarette smoke is rented 'frozen.* instead of a diffuse bkir. as it appears in a number of other shots in this book. This was almoit...

Hedy Lamarr

Bert Si* ( ). 1944 Degree of difficult Quite eaiy (3 light ) Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler had an admirable grasp of Hollywood essentials. As she put it 'Any girl can be glamorous all you have to do is stand still and look stupid.' She arrived in Hollywood in 1937, already notorious from her appearance nude in the Czcch film lixtjse ('Ecstasy'). Although he made comparatively few films after that, her look* made her a star, and he was very popular. Despite the exoticism of Ms Lamarr's...

Play John Wayne

Photographer Robert Coburn. 1938 Degree of difficulty Easy (2 lights) Marion Michael Morrison was the archetypal Hollywood cowboy and action hero, though it could fairly be said that he was a star long before he learned to act. In True Grit (1969) he was, without doubt, both a star and a great actor in Stagecoach (1939), for which this is a publicity shot, with the actor looking > ounger than his 31 years, he was more of a star. But then, as he said himself '1 plav John Wayne in every picture...

James Stewart

Degree of difficulty Easy, apart from the set (2 lights) James Maitland Stewart was at his best playing, in his own words, 'the inarticulate one who tries. I don't have all the answers, but for some reason, somehow, I make it.' He also said of himself, 'I don't act - I react.' He was first nominated for an Academy Award in 1939 < Afr Smith Goes to Washington), and in 1940 he won an Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story. He also picked up three other Academy Award nominations, and in 1984...

Jane Russell b

Photographer Gene Kornman ( ), no date Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (3 lights) In the words of Howard Hughes, who gave Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell her first starring role (The Outlaw, 1943) There are two good reasons why men will go to see her.' In this picture, a more mature M Russell reminds us that she also had a vers* striking and lovely face. The camera is probably tilled, so that in the original scene Ms Russell's head was upright. This trick of tilling the camera allows the...

Kirk Douglas b

I9S4 Degree of difficulty. Fairly easy (4 lights) Issur Danielovitch rcckoncd that he had 'nude a career of playing sons of bitches hui he was hardly fair to himself, or, if he was being accurate, he played a surprising range of sons of bitches with some conviction, from Vincent Van Gogh to Spartacus. The camcra is almost certainly tilted in other words, this is a normal, vertical pose and if you place the upper left corner of the picture above the lower right corner,...

Lord Greystoke

Photographer Noc credited. c. 1931 Degree of difficulty Moderate to hard (3 lights) Peter John Weissmuller was an Olympic athlete whose first guest appearance in a movie was in 1929. After 1932 he played Tar an so often that his name became almost synonymous with the role he appeared in around a dozen Tar an films. The print is marked 'Tar an test 1931 and it might indeed he from the original series of test shots that landed him the )ob. The soft focus and low key hark back to an earlier era....

Make Them Believe It

Photographer Not credited, c. 1946 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (4 lights) it's not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you arc crying Ingrid Bergman made them believe it, despite what was a somewhat cavalier attitude to the 'business.' After several Swedish films she moved to Hollywood in 1938. became a star, moved back to Furope to be with Roberto Rossellini in 1948, and then became a Hollywood star all over again after her return in 1956. The camera probably is not...

Marilyn Monroe

Photographer Frank Powolny. 1953 Degree of difficulty Surprisingly easy (3 lights) In her early twenties. Norma Jean Baker was renamed Marilyn Monroe after signing a Sl25-a-week contract with 20th Century-Fox she bccamc a star at 22 with The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. For many, she is the definitive screen-god dess-cum-se.v-symbol, and most of the appeal of this picture reflects this the Iess-than formal attire the half-closed, knowing eves the leaning forward as if to impart a secret or...

Mrs Thalberg

Thrt picture. aHo uAitn by Hurrel ** l*J2. would be i put deal harder to reproduce than the larger one H > t ah tpucabie tether one woufci -nnt to over-fcfhc the leg* and Vet* at much as Hurrel *d The true key a to camera hght. fust forward of Mi Shearer (look at the nee* shadows . w h a strong m nght aJongvde the camera, but the leg ghemg overpower* everything Tie main reason for g thes picture a the e> gw owt uae oi a pamced background. I* by a ae*le I* behind the sola* to draw an croon...

Ninetyfive Percent Publicity

New York. 1919. attributed tentatively to Arnold Genthc Degree of difficulty Moderate (4 lights) Marion Douras described herself by saving, 'With me, it was five percent talent and ninety-five percent publicity.' Such self-deprecation supports Charlie Chaplin's verdict that she was a natural comedian and could have been a star in her own right, instead of the product of William Randolph Hearst's expensive and often misguided hype. This portrait is very much in the...

Orson Welles

Photographer Ernest Bachrach(t). 1941 Degree of difficulty Moderate to hard (3 lights) George Orson Welles made his mark in 1938 when he broadcast a dramatization of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds over the radio as if it were a news bulletin and caused widespread alarm and even panic. In 1941, Citizen Kane caused almost as much of a stir and received even more critical acclaim. The lighting here is particularly interesting as it is one of the few Hollywood portraits of a major personality...

Oz And Beyond

Photographer LaszJo Williogcr. 1937 Degree of difficulty Quite easy (3 lights) Frances (> umm was born into a vaudeville family and appeared on stage when she was five, though her first movies were not made until she was in her teens, and only in 1939 was she given a special Academy Award 'for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile The camera is almost certainly tilted dramatically in this picture. Tins was partly a matter of 1 iollywood fashion - cameras were often tilted - but the...

Peekaboo

Degree of difficulty Fairly hard due to the fill (5 lights) It is true that many Hollywood stars deprecated their talents prettily, but Constance Frances Marie Ocklcman deserves an award for 'You could put all the talent I had into your left eve and still not suffer from impaired vision.' She also deserves some praise for her taste in names. Even if she was not the world's greatest actress, she was certainly one of the world's most beautiful models. She might even have made it as Constance...

Reggie The Film

William Walling (> ). no date Degree of difficulty Challenging (5 lights) In Wales, where Reginald Truscott-Jones was born, there is a tradition of identifying people by their business. Reginald (or Ray) the Film appeared in his fir t two films in 1929, another 70 or so in the next two decades, and continuing right up to The Masks of Death, a 1984 TV movie. An Academy Award winner (for The Lost Weekend in 1945), he is surprisingly little remembered among non-aficionados today....

Rita Hayworth

Photographer A L 'White Schafer. 1940 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (4 lights) Margarita Carmen Camino first appeared on the stage as a 12-year-old and appeared in her first four films in 1935. Early publicity material made much of her exotic ancestry - her father was a Spanish gypsy dancer - and callcd her Rita Cansino. Not until she was dropped by Fox and signed with Columbia, however, did she find stardom. She Mid of herself 'A girl is a girl. It's nice to be told you're successful at...

Roy Rogers

I94S Degree of difficulty Moderate (4 lights) Ixronard Slyc was a star - that is to say, with his name above the title, in the old Hollywood tradition - from 1938 to 1953, frequently in the company of his horse Trigger. Singing cowboys were big box-office business in I lollvwood. and Roy Rogers was almost certainly the best of the breed. What is most remarkable about this picture is that it is a superb recreation of daylight, probably on a sound stage. The...

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Scarlett Woman

Photographer Laszlo Willinger, 1940 Degree of difficulty Fairly hard (4 lights) Vivian Mary Hartley s first movie. Things Are Looking Up. was made in 1934, but when people talk about her starring role in Gone With the Wind in 1939 - for which, of course, she won an Academy Award - she is still commonly referred to as an unknown actress.' We see, as so often, a fairly easy-to-maintain pose, the more so if there were cushions below and behind Ms Leigh to support her further. The importance of the...

The Best We Have

Degree of difficulty Moderate to hard (3 lights) Humphrey Bogart described Spencer Bonavcnturc Tracy as 'the best we have,' and Clark Gable was equally unequivocal 'The guy's good. There's nobody in the business who can touch him And yet, the star himself was sometimes puzzled by his success. As he said to the press, 'Write anything you want about me. Make it up. Hell, I don't care.' His film career began in 1930 with Up the River and he was still able to attract an Academy Award nomination 37...

The Fifties

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The Forties

Our first chapter ran from the 10s to 1930. The second ran from 1931 to 1939. Now, we embark upon the period 1940-49. We apologize for having (as accountants say) changed our accounting base, but the apparent inconsistency is a reflection of the fact that calendar decades arc at best approximations to Hollywood's epochs and to the world's concerns. The vast majority of Hollywood movies are, and always have been, ewapism bur at different times they have provided escape from different things. It...

The King Of Hollywood

Photographer George Hurrell. 1931 Degree of difficulty Quite challenging (3 lights) William Clark ( able made no fewer than 12 movies for release in 193 . and at chat time George Hurrell was in the middle of his first stint as a full-time studio stills photographer with Metro-Gold wyn-Maycr. This picture is somewhat different from HurrelPs better-known work. It was probably inspired by a real situation, which was then painstakingly re-created, including the careful choice of 'casual' clothing....

The Platinum Blonde

Degree of difficulty Not too difficult with cropptng (4 lights) Just 17 when her movie career began with Moran of the Marines in 1928, Harlcan Carpenters private life was as dramatic as the roles she played, earning the stinging observation that 'the T is silent, as in Harlow This is a rather curious photograph in that there is a great deal of apparently wasted space. Most of the bottom half of the picture can be discarded, and the result is a stronger horizontal portrait. The right-hand side...

The Sheik

Photographer Ashley-Shaw. 1922 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (2 lights) Rodolfo Alfonso Rafacllo Pietro Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla's first film, made in 1914 bore the slightly risque title of My Officul Wife. In 1921, the year before this picture was taken, a total of seven movies starring Valentino were released, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (the film that is often credited with making him a 'superstar') and The Sheik (perhaps his best remembered film...

Paid By The Tear

Richee, 1934 Degree of difficulty Moderate (3 lights) Paramount paid me by the tear was how Sophia Kosow described her career, playing at first a gangster's moll, then the ister who was bringing up the gangster, and finally the gangster's mother. As she said They always had me ironing somebody's shirt.' She made her first movie Through Different Eyes) in 1929 and continued there after for a very long time, even appearing in such films as Heetlejmce (1988) and Mars Attacks...

Shirley Temple b

Frank Powolny. c. 1936 Degree of difficulty Moderate (3 lights) Shirley Temple was already appearing in short films at the age of three, and by the age of six, he was a genuine star. Her movie career was slowing down at an age when her contemporaries were just becoming known, and in her thirties she went into Californian politics before receiving a number of ambassadorial and other political positions from the 1970s onwards. No vane modern photographer would even consider...

In Like Flynn

Degree of difficulty Easy, except for retouching (I light) Errol Leslie I homson Flynn was a hell-raiser of the deepest dve. who shared a house known as Cirrhosis-by-the-Sea with David Niven. As far as we know, he is the only major Hollywood star ever to hail from Tasmania. We chose this portrait, rather than one of the more obvious costume shots, partly because it illustrates an interesting technique and partly because costume shots on set are of limited use to the photographer who wants to...

Cyd Charisse b

Degree of difficulty Easy, if you have the space (4 lights) Tula Ellicc Fink lea is one of those minor stars whom few recall in a particular movie, hut almost everyone recalls for herself, albeit not under her given name. This might actually Ik a surer indication of stardom than many others. As so often, the melodramatic standing pose (in particular) requires a very attractive model or careful draping or (as in this case) both to make it work. In the 1930s Gerhard Ricbickcs photographs of nudes...

Top Hat And Tails

The best due we hive for th s picture H I9SI. and C 5 Bui may hive been the pKotograpber. both of wtxh observations are less remarkable than the fact (Kit M' Astaire was over SO at the time The only way we can ice to ach*ve this picture is with powerfof. hgh-voluge e octroc*c flaih Thu ligfa is fust above hi* eye-irve look at the hit shadow, and the rejections on cane and shoes Everything o che picture is as sharp at t can possfcty be expected to be. and ths would simply not be achfevib'c wnh...

Working On The Chain Gang

Photographer Don English, c. 1932 Degree of difficulty Extremely challenging Clifford Brook is the oldest *tar to appear in this book. He was five years older than Mac West, nine years older than Lillian Gish, and the only one born in the 1880s. English by birth, he described I (ollywood as a chain gang where the links of the chain are forged not with cruelties but with luxuries. His first movie, Debt of Honour, was made in 1919, and he was at his peak in the late 1920s and early 1930s, though...

The Thirties

Whether ytw choose the 1930s or the 1940s as the C olden Age of Hollywood portraiture is a nutter of personal taste. Devotees of the 1930s dccry 1940s as a period of decline, in which lighting was formulaic and the stars grew less interesting as their more riotous behavior was curtailed both by public opinion and by a war economy. Dcvotco of the 1940s agree that the lighr-mg could be formulaic, but counter, quite simply, with * hat a formulal By the 1930s the importance of New York had declined...

Portraits

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Want To Be Let Alone

The l< ht n m Out pKtvrt. uken In IMI for ii i.rrpie enough a key from Ivjh on cerner rifhc ai evidenced by the note iKidow. and a M Irom camera left, it hfh. a thown by the catchl hu and the Ip shadow The l< ht n m Out pKtvrt. uken In IMI for ii i.rrpie enough a key from Ivjh on cerner rifhc ai evidenced by the note iKidow. and a M Irom camera left, it hfh. a thown by the catchl hu and the Ip shadow Photographer C. S Bull. 1931 Degree of difficulty Fairty easy (4 lights) Greta Gustafson...

The It Girl

Richce. 1927 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy (3 lights) Thii picture, alto by E R PlKhee. looks more at if if wat taken m the I970t than the I920t. two conflicted ditet on the back of the print (tve I92S and c 1927. The catchlifhts in the eyes away the principal lifht* a k*t key and a low njht fUl of almost oqual eternity the bufcjround rt k tcparateiy Clara Gordon Bow was the fantasy girl of the 1920s, the beautiful, seemingly demure flapper who thumbed her nose at...

Elvis Presley

Degree of difficulty Challenging (6 or more lights) This portrait of Elvis Aron Presley, though iconic, bears little resemblance to the Hollywood style. Don Siegel compared Elvis Presley with Kudolph Valentino. Both had qualities of personal magnetism that went beyond the explicable and this takes us back to the whole nature of what constitutes 'star quality* and of how this rare characteristic can be communicated by moving or still pictures. This is a more pensive picture than even that of...

Marlon Brando b

Marlon Brando The Waterfront

Photographer John Engstead. 1951 Degree of difficulty Fairly easy 3 lights i coulda had class, I coulda been a contender mumbled the young Marlon Brando, Jr., in On the Waterfront 1954 , which brought him his first Academy Award after being nominated in 1951, 1952, and 1953. Almost 20 years later, in 1972, he found himself up against himself for Academy Awards in two movies The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris The Godfather won . As he grew older, critical acclaim grew more mixed everyone...

Evacuee

Degree of difficulty Surprisingly easy 2 lights, maybe more Little Elizabeth Roscmond Taylor was evacuated to Hollywood during the dark days of World War II. Her first film appeared in 1942, and she was a star at the age of 12 with National Velvet 1944 . In her late sixties she was still 'bankable and the media reported her private life in a manner hardly less breathless than was the fashion of the 1930s. This portrait owes a certain amount to William Morten sen, who advocated very flat...

Wing And A Prayer

Laszlo Willinger

Photographer William Walling Jr. 1933 Degree of difficulty Fairly hard 4 lights Martha Virginia Wing - concerning whom our researches have proved lamentably deficient, save that thi was a Paramount publicity shot - is presumably in some sort of chair, rather than an unusually luxurious dog-basket, and it may well be that she is somewhat more fully dressed than is immediately evident. We chose the picture simply because it is a classic piece of 'cheesecake a style that we have pretty much...

Vive La France

Photographer Irving lippman.1933 Degree of difficulty Challenging 2 lights Lily Claudette Chauchoin moved to New York from her native Paris at the age of 16 and began her acting career on the stage. Her first film, For the Love of Mike, was made in 1928, and by 1938 she was reputedly the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Although there seem to be only two lights here, this like any shot involving mirrors is very hard indeed to do well. Even here, the flare from the harlequin costume is right...

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart Fedora

Photographer 'Scotcy Wclboume. 1942 Degree of difficulty Moderate to hard 4 lights 'Bogart a helluva nice guy until 11 30 pm. After that, he think he's Bogart.' So said Dave Chase, the Hollywood restaurateur, who presumably saw the change-over fairly often. Bogart was, of course, a movie tough guy, hut he was an intellectual's movie tough guy, the man who more or less defined film noir, and the personae he created had an immense resonance in popular culture. His mannerisms and style of speech...

Introduction

Even today, nunv decades after the heyday of Hollywood portraits, these iconic image still fascinate countless people movio lovers, connoisseurs of beautiful women and handsome men, and, of course photographer . As far as sve arc aware, however, no book has hitherto attempted to analyze the lighting that was used for specific Hollywood portraits. There have been plenty of books ot portraits and books about the stars and books about portrait lighting but the three strands have not been drawn...

The Oomph Girl

Laszlo Willinger

Photographer George Hurrcll. 1938 Degree of difficulty Easy 2 or 3 lights Photographer George Hurrcll. 1938 Degree of difficulty Easy 2 or 3 lights In iM pkture from the from Mow and camcra lr ht. ajaln from camera evidenced ttf the htir on we doufct it am thoot there n a key left piut at lean one back k-ft There may be two, as the rijht of the picture, but In iM pkture from the from Mow and camcra lr ht. ajaln from camera evidenced ttf the htir on we doufct it am thoot there n a key left piut...

Sophia Loren b

Degree of difficulty Challenging about 6 lights Sex appeal, said Sofia Scicolone, is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got. She might have added that it helps if you change your name - and that many people would be delighted with even ten percent of what she has got. Technically, this is one of the weakest pictures in this book. The pose is awkward, and there are conflicting shadows and burned-out areas all over the place. It is also a textbook...

Laszlo Willinger

LjwJo Willinger, IW2. w ih prints of some of the Q i he photographed over the count of an mcred b y packed and cvw LjwJo Willinger, IW2. w ih prints of some of the Q i he photographed over the count of an mcred b y packed and cvw Born in Budapest, 4 Hungarian as one might guess from his name, Laszlo Willinger 1909-95 was a nun of formidable energy and talent the sort of person whose cumadum titee is so crowded that you wonder how he managed to fit it all in or whether you are reading two...

Genesis

Many movie-star portraits from before the end of the 1920s owe a clear debt to traditional, formal studio portraits, which had changed surprisingly little since the 1870s. Others demonstrate the new Hollywood ethos a freewheeling mixture of cntrcprc-neurship, opportunism, and a willingness to try one's hand at anything. The best of the new Hollywood photographers revealed an unexpected genius others were merely in the right place at the right time. Happily for the publicists, the rise of the...