Photography

Hurrell, George (1904 - 1992)

George Hurrell wanted to become a painter but found in photography a better way of making a living. Having established his studio in Los Angeles, it was his photographs of Ramon Navarro that helped introduce the American photographer to Hollywood. When Norma Shearer wanted the title role in The Divorcée, her own husband, Irving Thalberg, MGM’s production chief, thought she wasn’t sexy enough for the part. She thus hired George Hurrell to prove otherwise. Used to play music, dance and sing to put his sitters at ease during his sessions, the photographer managed to make the actress enjoy playing the seductive temptress. Thanks to the sensual portraits, she earned the part and…an Oscar. At a time when American audiences found in cinema the glamour and fantasy the Great Depression was depriving them from, George Hurrell developed the visual vocabulary and publicity that established Hollywood celebrities’ aura thanks to his sculpting of faces: ‘the most essential thing about my style was working with shadows to design the face instead of flooding it with light.’ A favorite of Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow, he managed to work once with Greta Garbo who always refused to reveal her inner personality. It was only when George Hurrell accidentally tripped during the session that the Divine cracked a sincere smile. Following World War II, the Golden Age of Hollywood was over and it was only in the early 1980s that glamour was sought again and the photographer turned such celebrities as Grace Jones and Sharon Stone into contemporary icons.

George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1936
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1936
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Luise Rainer, 1935
George Hurrell, Luise Rainer, 1935
George Hurrell, Lynn Fontanne, 1931
George Hurrell, Lynn Fontanne, 1931
George Hurrell, Marlene Dietrich, 1938
George Hurrell, Marlene Dietrich, 1938
George Hurrell, Loretta Young and Tyrone Power in
George Hurrell, Loretta Young and Tyrone Power in "Café Metropole" directed by Edward H. Griffith, 1937
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1934
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1934
George Hurrell, Rita Hayworth, 1941
George Hurrell, Rita Hayworth, 1941
George Hurrell, Robert Montgomery and Constance Bennett for
George Hurrell, Robert Montgomery and Constance Bennett for "The Easiest Way" directed by Jack Conway, 1931
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow in
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow in "Riffraff" directed by J. Walter Ruben, 1936
George Hurrell, Adrian, 1930s
George Hurrell, Adrian, 1930s
George Hurrell, Carole Lombard, 1930s
George Hurrell, Carole Lombard, 1930s
George Hurrell, Cecil B. DeMille, 1930
George Hurrell, Cecil B. DeMille, 1930
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer and Clark Gable in
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer and Clark Gable in "A free soul" directed by Clarence Brown, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1936
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1936
George Hurrell, Jascha Heifetz, 1937
George Hurrell, Jascha Heifetz, 1937
George Hurrell, Robert Taylor, 1936
George Hurrell, Robert Taylor, 1936
George Hurrell, Myrna Loy, 1930s
George Hurrell, Myrna Loy, 1930s
George Hurrell, Ramon Novarro, 1931
George Hurrell, Ramon Novarro, 1931
George Hurrell, Johnny Weissmuller, 1932
George Hurrell, Johnny Weissmuller, 1932
George Hurrell, Shannon Tweed, 1991
George Hurrell, Shannon Tweed, 1991
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow,1937
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow,1937
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo, 1930
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo, 1930
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1942
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1942
George Hurrell, Ann Dvorak, 1937
George Hurrell, Ann Dvorak, 1937
George Hurrell, Ann Sothern, 1940
George Hurrell, Ann Sothern, 1940
George Hurrell, Bette Davis in
George Hurrell, Bette Davis in "Dark Victory" directed by Edmund Goulding, 1939
George Hurrell, Brenda Marshall, 1940s
George Hurrell, Brenda Marshall, 1940s
George Hurrell, Bette Davis, 1938
George Hurrell, Bette Davis, 1938
George Hurrell, William Holden, 1939
George Hurrell, William Holden, 1939
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in "Letty Lynton" directed by Clarence Brown, 1932
George Hurrell, Erin O'Brien Moore, 1930s
George Hurrell, Erin O'Brien Moore, 1930s
George Hurrell, Frank Sinatra, 1942
George Hurrell, Frank Sinatra, 1942
George Hurrell, Gary Cooper, 1937
George Hurrell, Gary Cooper, 1937
George Hurrell, Anna May Wong, 1938
George Hurrell, Anna May Wong, 1938
George Hurrell, Dorothy Lamour, 1936
George Hurrell, Dorothy Lamour, 1936
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1933
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1933
George Hurrell, Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, 1937
George Hurrell, Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, 1937
George Hurrell, Gene Tierney, 1944
George Hurrell, Gene Tierney, 1944
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo and John Barrymore in
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo and John Barrymore in "Grand Hotel" directed by directed by Edmund Goulding, 1932
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo in
George Hurrell, Greta Garbo in "Romance" directed by Clarence Brown, 1930
George Hurrell, Hedy Lamarr, 1938
George Hurrell, Hedy Lamarr, 1938
George Hurrell, Humphrey Bogart, 1937
George Hurrell, Humphrey Bogart, 1937
George Hurrell, Jackie Cooper, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jackie Cooper, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean  Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean  Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jimmy Durante, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jimmy Durante, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean  Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1930s
George Hurrell, Wallace Beery, 1930
George Hurrell, Wallace Beery, 1930
George Hurrell, Jane Russell for
George Hurrell, Jane Russell for "The Outlaw" directed by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks, 1942
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1930s
George Hurrell, Rosalind Russell, 1930s
George Hurrell, Rosalind Russell, 1930s
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1933
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1933
George Hurrell, Simone Simon, 1937
George Hurrell, Simone Simon, 1937
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1936
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1936
George Hurrell, Shirley Temple, 1936
George Hurrell, Shirley Temple, 1936
George Hurrell, Johnny Weissmuller, 1934
George Hurrell, Johnny Weissmuller, 1934
George Hurrell, Clark Gable, 1931
George Hurrell, Clark Gable, 1931
George Hurrell, Veronica Lake, 1941
George Hurrell, Veronica Lake, 1941
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Mary Pickford, 1933
George Hurrell, Mary Pickford, 1933
George Hurrell, Colleen Moore, 1920s
George Hurrell, Colleen Moore, 1920s
George Hurrell, Bette Davis in
George Hurrell, Bette Davis in "Dark Victory" directed by Edmund Goulding, 1939
George Hurrell, Nils Asther, 1930s
George Hurrell, Nils Asther, 1930s
George Hurrell, Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire in
George Hurrell, Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire in "You Were Never Lovelier" directed by William A. Seiter, 1942
George Hurrell, Marlene Dietrich, 1930s
George Hurrell, Marlene Dietrich, 1930s
George Hurrell, Lottice Howell, 1930
George Hurrell, Lottice Howell, 1930
George Hurrell, Mary Carlisle, 1930s
George Hurrell, Mary Carlisle, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in "Letty Lynton" directed by Clarence Brown, 1932
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Norma Shearer, 1930s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1940s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford, 1940s
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford in "The Bride Wore Red" directed by Dorothy Azner, 1937
George Hurrell, Ann Dvorak, 1930s
George Hurrell, Ann Dvorak, 1930s
George Hurrell, Ann Sheridan and George Raft in
George Hurrell, Ann Sheridan and George Raft in "They Drive by Night" directed by Raoul Walsh, 1940
George Hurrell, Bette Davis, 1941
George Hurrell, Bette Davis, 1941
George Hurrell, Billie Dove for
George Hurrell, Billie Dove for "Blondie of the Follies" directed by Edmund Goulding, 1932
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1933
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow, 1933
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1939
George Hurrell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 1939
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