Monday, March 29, 2010

A century of Hollywood

1953: Lauren Bacall (L) and Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) pose with American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) at the premiere of director Jean Negulesco's film, 'How to Marry a Millionaire'. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“Hollywood Through the Lens—Celebrating 100 Years of Hollywood” opened earlier this month at the Getty Images Gallery in London. The exhibition, sponsored by Canon, celebrates Hollywood’s 100th anniversary by showcasing images of Hollywood stars from the silver screen days in the 1920s to the present.

Canon and Getty Images Gallery selected the photographs for the exhibition to represent important people and photographic styles that influenced the past 100 years of Hollywood. The exhibition shows “the evolution of Hollywood portraits through the golden age of cinema through to modern icons,” and the selection of images emphasizes changes and trends in fashions, faces, technology and styles of portrait photography.

Getty Images Gallery director Louise Garczewska comments on the exhibition:

The early days of Hollywood showcase the passion and creativity of the photographers of the age, using available technology and processes to capture a split-second magical image which tell a rich story of the subject, the era and even the cinematic style of the day. Every image featured in the exhibit allows us to appreciate the skills of the photographers behind the lens, and share their vision of Hollywood captured at that moment.

The exhibition is on view at Getty Images Gallery until April 3, and all included prints are for sale.

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