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

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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

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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...