CATEGORY: Famous Hollywood Portrait Photographers

LGBTQ Lesbian Archive (1901-2004)

WOMEN IN FILM, THEATER & MUSIC As the photograph of Katharine Hepburn above signifies, this is a collection of lesbian and bisexual women in film, theater and music. It spans a full century, starting with Maud Adams in 1901 and working its way up through a Chantal Akerman film of 2004. This archive has three components: PART ONE deals with 67 lesbian and bisexual women in film, theater and music. It contains actresses and singers, but also includes LBTQ women whose books we…


Catalog 53 Features > A number of scarce movie scripts, among them THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1964), THE WILD BUNCh (1968), THELMA AND LOUISE (1990), and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1992). > An entire section devoted to the career of preeminent queer filmmaker Kenneth Anger, including a script for his unrealized film THE GNOSTIC MASS (2002). > A substantial group of vintage photos of musicians, including Bob Dylan, Count Basie (a wonderful early portrait, inscribed and…

Lena Horne: African American Icon

In honor of Black History Month we celebrate the ”What Becomes A Legend Most” icon, Lena Horne. When Lena Horne was asked to become the image for Blackglama’s 1969 ad campaign poster (see above), she follows in the heels of such female icons as Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford; she was the first African American celebrity to do so. For more information see:

Anna May Wong – First Chinese American Movie Star

Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong; January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) was an American actress, considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as well as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. Her varied career spanned silent film, sound film, vaudeville, cabaret, television, stage and radio.

Shooting The Stars – The Golden Age of Hollywood Portraiture

Hollywood Portrait Photography came into existence at the beginning of the 20th Century, following the relocation of the film industry from the east coast to Hollywood. These fledgling studios needed to create interest in their motion pictures by promoting the actors who stared in them. From 1910 – 1970, there were six individuals that became the photographers of choice for “shooting the stars,” and each, in their own way (as seen above in George Edward Hurrell’s stunning portrait of Marlene …