George Hurrell was both creator and master of the Hollywood glamour portrait. His unique career began in Laguna Beach with mentors such as William Wendt, Edgar Payne, and “Pancho” Barnes. Visit the museum for an entertaining presentation of photographs and stories from Hollywood’s Golden Era. Hurrell biographer Mark A. Vieira relates the previously untold story of how a movie company filming on the beach set in motion a chain of events that led an unknown landscape painter to invent a new photographic idiom.
Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer specializing in Hollywood history. He is the biographer of George Hurrell, and his book Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits (Abrams 1997) was the first to show Hurrell’s work in accurate chronology, describe it in the context of the personalities he captured, and analyze it in accessible photographic terms. Vieira is completing a sequel, which will be published by Running Press in October 2013.
Vieira is the only American photographer making portraits and prints with Hurrell’s exact technique. He executes the portraits with Hurrell’s own camera in the historic Granada Buildings, where Hurrell opened his original Los Angeles studio in 1927. His other books include Sin in Soft Focus (Abrams 1999); The Making of “Some Like It Hot” with Tony Curtis (Wiley, 2009); and Harlow in Hollywood with Darrell Rooney (Angel City Press, 2009). In 2009 Vieira guest-curated the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibition: Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920-1936.
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