Portraits of Hollywood Actresses by Albert Witzel (1920s)

Witzel Studios was founded in Los Angeles by photographer Albert Walter Witzel (1879–1929) in 1909 and within a few years had become one of the city’s foremost portrait studios.

The rise of the business paralleled the emergence of the film industry following its relocation from the east coast, and Witzel was soon in demand from Hollywood studios seeking to create interest in movies by circulating promo shots of their stars. Distinguished by moody lighting and dramatic poses and settings, Witzel’s photos soon set the tone for Hollywood studio photography and from the mid-1910s they featured frequently in fan magazines like Photoplay, becoming an important promotional and publicity tool.

Witzel occasionally worked on assignment for the big picture studios, photographing many silent film luminaries including Theda Bara and Charlie Chaplin (source).

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Portrait of American actress Clara Bow by American photographer Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of American actress & showgirl Blanche Mehaffey Witzel, 1920s by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of Bebe Daniels by photographer Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920 via

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Portrait of American actress Natalie Kingston by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of American actress Melva Cornell by Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920s via

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Portrait of American actress Bessie Love by Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920 via

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Portrait of American actress Doris May by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) , 1920 via

Silent Film Star Louise Brooks at Home in Her Garden (1925)

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks at home with her sister June, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

Vintage Photos of Loretta Young in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (1928)

Laugh, Clown, Laugh is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Lon Chaney and Loretta Young. The movie was directed by Herbert Brenon and produced and released through MGM Studios.

The film is based on the 1923 Broadway stage production Laugh, Clown, Laugh, by David Belasco and Tom Cushing, based on a 1919 play Ridi, Pagliaccio by Fausto Maria Martini

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Loretta Young in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Portrait of Loretta Young and Lon Chaney in Laugh, Clown, Laugh directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Lon Chaney and Loretta Young in Laugh, Clown, Laugh directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Loretta Young and Nils Asther in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via