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Hurrell : The Kobal Collection [Hardcover]

Phil Moad , Tony Nourmand (editor) , Tony Nourmand
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1 Aug 2012
"A Hurrell portrait is to the ordinary publicity still about what a Rolls-Royce is to a roller-skate." Esquire, 1936.

George Hurrell was one of the greatest portrait photographers of Hollywood's Golden Age. His strong contrast black and white images and groundbreaking use of negative retouching revolutionized the medium of Hollywood portraiture during the 1930s and 1940s.

This lavish book captures the enduring glamour of his photography and presents the very finest reproductions of his work yet seen in print. It features several unseen images of cinema's most iconic faces. All images have been taken from The Kobal Collection. One of the most distinguished archives of classic Hollywood imagery in the world, it has the largest collection of Hurrell material in existence.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Reel Art Press (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956648754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956648754
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Nourmand is 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.

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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 that casts a shadow across her sculpted cheeks; 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

"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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hurrell,The Kobal Collection. 30 Sep 2013
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This is a lovely book with some exquisite portraits, but, sadly, the printing is far too dark and contrasty, resulting in muddy highlights and blocked, dense shadows. As a lifelong black and white printer, I'm at a loss to understand why this has happened, and the only explanation is that someone has reprinted recently from the negatives onto less than top quality paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Photographs 18 Jan 2013
By keithvg
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Beautiful book. Stunning photographs, showing Hollywood stars at their best. The artistry of the photographer is a lost art and this book is a celebration of that body of work. What I did like was the couple of photographs of Mr. Hurrell at work, photographing the stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book of Photographs 31 May 2014
This book is superb, a lovely introduction by Phil Moad, and then so many beautiful black and white photos of Hollywood stars, Hurrell took some amazing photos!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the Hollywood Glamor Crowd..... 2 Oct 2012
By Steven Ferre - Published on Amazon.com
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I received Hurrell: The Kobal Collection today and promptly tore open the package to dig into it. The book includes a brief forward explaining the origin of the the Kobal Collection, which was created by Ivan Kobaly, an Austrian immigrant to the USA who began accumulating movie memorabilia as a child in the 1940s. By the 1960s, when the studio system was imploding, Mr. Kobal was one of the few who recognized the value of the documentation which the major studios were anxious to rid themselves. Mr. Kobal actually became friends with Mr. Hurrell in the late 60s and was able to 'hear about Hollywood's Golden Age of portraiture first hand'. If I have any complaint, it is that there is very little information that the book imparts from Mr. Hurrell's discussions with Mr. Kobal. Outside of a few anecdotes about those stars that were easier to photograph than others, there's no back-story behind any of the portraits. Another slight oddity: the book does not include a dust jacket, which I found a little strange for a $75 book.

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.

Adolphe Menjou
Alexis Smith
Ann Sheridan
Anna May Wong
Barbara Stanwyck
Basil Rathbone
Bette Davis
Carol Lombard
Clark Gable
Conchita Montenegro
Constance Bennett
Dolores Del Rio
Dorothy Lamour
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Edward G. Robinson
Edwina Booth
Erich von Stroheim
Errol Flynn
Ethel Merman
Frances Farmer
Franchot Tone
Fred Astair
Gene Tierney
George Raft
Ginger Rogers
Greta Garbo
Humphrey Bogart
James Cagney
James Stewart
Jane Russell
Jane Wyman
Jean Harlow
Jean Parker
Jimmy Durante
Joan Crawford
John Barrymore
John Garfield
John Gilbert
John Payne
Johnny Weissmuller
Judy Garland
Katharine Hepburn
Laurence Olivier
Leslie Howard
Lillian Bond
Linda Darnell
Lon Chaney
Loretta Young
Luise Rainier
Lupe Velez
Madge Evans
Maria Montez
Marie Prevost
Marlene Dietrich
Maureen O'Sullivan
Myrna Loy
Norma Shearer
Patricia Morison
Paul Muni
Ramon Novarro
Rita Hayworth
Robert Montgomery
Robert Taylor
Rosalind Russell
Tallulah Bankhead
Thelma Todd
Wallace Beery
Warner Baxter
William Haines
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely presented but not completely accurate 22 Dec 2013
By martyoooo - Published on Amazon.com
This is a nice publication of Hurrell's Kobal collection but I was disappointed to see it's not more technically accurate. I've made the following observations based upon my experience with Hurrell's work. I've been an avid collector of Hollywood glamour photographs for 4 decades.
The following pages contain photos that are incorrectly named:
70 “Conchita Montenegro” Astrid Alwyn
74 “Dolores del Rio” Lupe Velez

The following photographs were not made by George Hurrell. I felt it important enough to list the corrections.
43 Barbara Stanwyck Bert Six
67 Clark Gable Clarence Bull
87 Errol Flynn Elmer Fryer
88 Errol Flynn Elmer Fryer
89 Errol Flynn Elmer Fryer
105 Ginger Rogers Ernest Bachrach
159 Joan Crawford (upper rt) Clarence Bull
163 Joan Crawford Clarence Bull
195 Lon Chaney Ruth Harriet Louise
197 Loretta Young Kenneth Alexander
199 Loretta Young George Hoyningen Huene
221 Myrna Loy Ruth Harriet Louise 1935 private sitting
228 Norma Shearer Clarence Bull
229 Norma Shearer Clarence Bull
233 Patricia Morison William Walling
243 Rita Hayworth A.L.(“Whitey”) Schafer
246 Rita Hayworth A.L.(“Whitey”) Schafer
265 Veronica Lake Eugene Robert Richee
266 Veronica Lake Eugene Robert Richee
267 Veronica Lake Eugene Robert Richee
I believe I have accurately corrected the errors with the stated photographs in the book.
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