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Hurrell: The Kobal Collection Hardcover – August 30, 2012
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"Thanks to the high-quality prints used in this edition, you can look at a close-up of Crawford and count each outlandish eyelash... distinguish individual follicles in Bogart's famous stubble; even discern the marbled opalescent texture of Jimmy Stewart's pupils as he gazes off the page." - The Wall Street Journal
"George Hurrell gave the Golden Age of Hollywood its glossy sheen and soft-focus seductiveness." - The Independent
"Few photographers truly manage to capture a zeitgeist - fewer still create one... A fascinating visual commentary on Hollywood at its peak." - Port
"As the foremost portrait photographer in Hollywood, he gave its stars their sheen of grace and mystery." - The Telegraph
About the Author
Tony Nourmand is the co-founder of Reel Art Press and editor of all R|A|P publications. He is also the author of a further sixteen best-selling books on entertainment-related imagery, including James Bond Movie Posters and Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years.
Phil Moad is the Research Manager for The Kobal Collection film photo archive. He is a world authority on the Hollywood studio photographers and has helped picture edit over sixty books.
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As to the portraits, they are really amazing - it may be a cliché, but they really don't make stars like the ones captured in Mr. Hurrell's portraits anymore. The biggest surprise to me are the pictures of Ann Sheridan, who's sex symbol reputation I never fully understood until seeing Mr. Hurrell's treatment of her. Similarly, blond bombshell Jean Harlow, who comes across as less than sexy to the contemporary eye in her 1930's movies, looks amazing in these photos. In addition to all the major stars, there are few unknowns who also benefited from the Hurrell touch.
Below is a complete list of stars' portraits included in this book.
Anna May Wong
Dolores Del Rio
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Edward G. Robinson
Erich von Stroheim