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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Junius Estep and Alfred Lindstedt, Early but Forgotten Stills Photographers

Bessie Eyton by Junius Estep, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early days of silent film production, moving picture companies promoted their brand names to consumers, selling films around the quality and type of pictures produced by their individual companies. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Fred Archer, Master of Artistic Photography

  Joan Bennett photographed by Fred Archer, Modern Screen Magazine. As stillsmen Elmer Fryer and Fred Archer wrote in the 1928 article for “Transactions of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers,” “In the advertising field, the still picture is used … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Marc Wanamaker at the L.A. Breakfast Club

I like mine fried upside down. Ham ‘n’ eggs. Flip ’em, flop ’em, flap ’em. Ham ‘n’ eggs. –Los Angeles Breakfast Club’s anthem Noted film historian and photo collector Marc Wanamaker will be speaking about the history of the Los … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alex Kahle Shoots the Angles

Virginia Bruce, courtesy of Mary Mallory. When most people think of motion picture stills photographers, they think of such renowned portraitists as George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Eugene Richee, who created the glamour and iconography of … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Mark A. Vieira and Cecilia B. de Mille Presley will be making a personal appearance for the launch of the opulent volume “Cecil B. De Mille The Art of the Hollywood Epic” on Friday at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sennett Stills Photographers Display Wide Talents

Derelys Perdue, photo by Albert J. Kopec. While some motion picture stills photographers are renowned for their work, such as George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Ernest Bachrach, and Ruth Harriet Louise, others are largely forgotten today, seeming to disappear into … Continue reading

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Antisocial Parking

Well-behaved women seldom make history, but they also don’t take two parking spaces.

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Coming Attractions: Mark A. Vieira on George Hurrell

Mark A. Vieira, a photographer, historian and author of several books, will take part in a public discussion of Hollywood photographer George Hurrell on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at USC’s Doheny Library marking the opening of an exhibit of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 25, 1944

Sept. 25, 1944 Claire Poe of Miami Beach, Fla., appears on the cover of Life’s special issue “A Letter to GIs,” because she is the kind of good-looking American girl that a lot of GIs know and would like to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ernest Bachrach Defines RKO Glamour

Ernest Bachrach’s portrait of Robert Ryan is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $94.95. Hollywood’s motion picture still photography defined sophisticated style, shaped personas and created the iconic image of “a movie star” as we know it today. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 4, 1944

The U.S. Secretary of State, who is offstage director for the Dumbarton Oaks conference on postwar security is shown in this excellent portrait by Karsh. Secretary Hull welcomed the delegates to Washington. Last week, Mr. Hull talked with John Foster … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 21, 1944

The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 7, 1944

Geraldine Fitzgerald was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a product of that city’s famous Gate Theatre. Her initial appearance on Broadway in Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”  brought offers from all major Hollywood studios. Now under contract to Warner Bros., she … Continue reading

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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part II

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. In case you just tuned in, we’re examining an early photo of LAPD officers, often misidentified as dating from … Continue reading

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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part I

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. I recently learned that this photo, published in Capt. Art Sjoquist’s “History of the Los Angeles Police Department” as … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 26, 1944

June 26, 1944 Oh my, what is the Greatest Generation up to? On the jump, a feature on war photographers. And a look at movie stars and their stand-ins, including Mary Lou Isleib (Shirley Temple) and Jack Robbins (Bob Hope). … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: My Photos of Elizabeth Short Get Around

Some folks on the Internet are quite casual about where they get images. I always watermark mine so that even if someone swipes it, the url is still visible — unless someone crops it out. Here’s a case in point.

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