George Hurrell  (American, 1904-1992) 

George Hurrell (American, 1904–1992) was a photographer best known for his portraits of Hollywood movie stars. Born in Kentucky, Hurrell developed an early interest in painting and photography, eventually studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hurrell initially used photography as a way of documenting his paintings but soon began to use it as his preferred medium. In 1930, he was hired as head of the photography department for the film company MGM. While working at MGM, he was put in charge of capturing the Hollywood stars, many of whom became his clientele base when he left MGM to open up his own studio. Throughout his career Hurrell photographed numerous celebrities for movie marketing purposes, advertisements, and fashion magazines. His work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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George Hurrell, Greta Garbo


George Hurrell
Greta Garbo

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George Hurrell, Gary Cooper


George Hurrell
Gary Cooper

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George Hurrell, John Barrymore


George Hurrell
John Barrymore

Andrew Weiss Gallery
George Hurrell, Clark Gable


George Hurrell
Clark Gable

Andrew Weiss Gallery
George Hurrell, Marlene Dietrich


George Hurrell
Marlene Dietrich

Andrew Weiss Gallery
George Hurrell, Joan Crawford


George Hurrell
Joan Crawford

Andrew Weiss Gallery
George Hurrell, Jean Harlow


George Hurrell
Jean Harlow

Andrew Weiss Gallery
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George Hurrell, Jean Harlow (Double-exposure)


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Jean Harlow (Double-exposure), 1933
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George Hurrell, Norma Shearer (3 works)


George Hurrell
Norma Shearer (3 works), 1934
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George Hurrell, Tracey Ullman (3 works)


George Hurrell
Tracey Ullman (3 works)
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1904   Born in Covington, KY
1930   Hired as head of MGM Portrait Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1992   Died of cancer
  Attended the Art Institute of Chicago
2009   Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2007   VIP, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2006   LIGHTS! CAMERA! GLAMOUR!, The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
2005   The Hurrell Men, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (solo)
2004   George Hurrell at 100, Palm Sprints Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2000   George Hurrell: Photographs, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (solo)
1998   George Hurrell: Hollywood and Beyond, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (solo)
1995   Still Men: The Glamour Photographs of Max Munn Autrey and George Hurrell, 1920–1950, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1995   Unseen Hurrell: Classics and Rediscovered Works, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
1992   Hollywood: Identity Under the Guise of Celebrity, Alyce De Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College, Pasadena, CA
1988   Hollywood Glamour and the Lure of the Celebrity, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1987   Masters of Starlight, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1983   The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
1981   The Hollywood Portrait Photographers 1921–1941, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1965   Glamour Portraits, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY