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

Helmut Newton “Model in Venice” (1966)

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Model in Venice’ is taken in a rare location for Newton: Venice. While its romanticism was a source of great inspiration for Newton, he only shot in the city on a handful of occasions, here for Queen Magazine in 1966 with clothes by Femme 90- an avant-garde designer at the time. Venice appealed to Newton for its water and elegance of the vaporetto. Here, the model’s clothing sprays in the wind, leaving her enigmatically anonymous via

Amazing French Fashion Photography by Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier was born in 1925 and was one of the first fashion photographers to take models out of the studio and into the streets. While he was still building and perfecting his craft, Dambier was hired by Helene Lazareff, director of ELLE, the fashion magazine, who encouraged him and gave him his first assignment as a fashion photographer.

During his career Dambier photographed amongst others: Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Errol Flynn, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Cocteau, ou Colette, mais aussi Bettina, Capucine and Suzy Parker.

Georges Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action. His models were surrounded by local people in a market place in Marrakech, or in a village in Corsica, or – and above all – in his beloved Paris. 

Capucine for ELLE, Boulevard de la Madeleine, Paris, Georges Dambier, 1952 via

Suzy Parker by Georges Dambier via

Suzy Parker Shop Lanvin, Elle, Georges Dambier, 1952 via

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Sophie Litvak and little dog, Elle, 1952 via