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

Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet (1916)

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Portrait of Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

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Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

 

Norma Talmadge in Silent Drama “The Lady” (1925)

The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage. A young woman, Polly Pearl, marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can’t find the people she left him with.

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 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

Silent Film Star Gilda Gray for Aloma of the South Seas (1926)

Aloma of the South Seas is a 1926 American silent comedy drama film. A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education. After his father dies, he returns to his island to try to stop a revolution. Gilda Gray starres as the exotic dancer Aloma. The films setting was in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. It was based on a 1925 play of the same title by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens. ‘

Grossing $3 million in the U.S. alone, this was the most successful film of 1926 and the fourth most successful film of the 1920s. The film is now considered to be a lost film.

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Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via

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Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via

Portraits of Louise Brooks for Silent Comedy Evening Clothes (1927)

Evening Clothes is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by Luther Reed that was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount.

The film is based on the play L’homme en habit (The Man in Evening Clothes) by Andre Picard and Yves Mirande. Directed by Luther Reed, the film starred Adolphe Menjou, Virginia Valli, and Louise Brooks and is currently considered a lost film

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Portrait of Louise Brooks as Fox Trot for Evening Clothes directed by Luther Reed, 1927 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks as Fox Trot for Evening Clothes directed by Luther Reed, 1927 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks as Fox Trot for Evening Clothes directed by Luther Reed, 1927 via

Irene Rich in My Official Wife (1926)

My Official Wife is a glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings. American actress Irene Rich (1891 – 1988) starres as Hélène, Countess Orloff

The film is based on a 1891 novel by Richard Henry Savage, that was highly popular in its day.

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Irene Rich in My Official Wife, 1926 via