Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Classic Hollywood Glamour Visits Laguna Beach

Rita Hayworth, photographed by George Hurrell, is one of the many images
on display at the Laguna Art Museum until May (image via the museum)

From now until May, the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach is having an exhibit of famed photographer Geroge Hurrell’s works.

Entitled “George Hurrell: Laguna to Hollywood,” the display includes images of some of the most recognizable icons Hollywood ever produced: Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to name  a few. Hurrell’s technique for making stars look luminous and dramatic in black and white made him famous, and his pictures still impress today.

Jean Harlow (image via museum's Flickr page)
Ridiculously handsome Gary Cooper
(image via museum's Flickr page)
Bette Davis (image via museum's Flickr page)

Hurrell also had roots in Laguna Beach – back in the 1920s he lived in the city, working in a cottage dubbed “The Paint Box.” There he began photographing some of the local artists and soon worked his way up to working for Warner Brothers, where he photographed some of the most recognizable faces of his time.

The artist himself, George Hurrell in Laguna Beach, 1925
(image via George Hurrell website)

“George Hurrell: From Laguna to Hollywood”
Laguna Art Museum 
Now until May 19th
Mon-Tues, Fri-Sun:  11 AM – 5 PM
Thurs: 11 AM – 9 PM

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