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This digital collection showcases portraits of Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as other Hollywood luminaries including directors, writers, executives and craftspeople.  Starting as early as the 1910s, portrait photographs were used to promote stars and filmmakers in fan magazines and other publications, as well as in studio-produced publicity materials.  Every studio in Hollywood had its own expert portrait photographers, each with his or her own distinct style.  Certain photographers, such as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell and Ernest Bachrach, became almost as famous as the stars they photographed. The portraits featured here were all selected from the library’s Core Collection Biography Files photographs. This vast collection, compiled by the library from a wide range of sources, contains images of thousands of people who have worked both in front of and behind the camera since movies began more than 100 years ago.

 

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