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Clarence Sinclair Bull (American, 1895–1979)
LOT ID: 79593
Greta Garbo in Mata Hari, 1931

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
20 х 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm.)
Stamped, signature stamped and blind embossed in margin, lower right recto. Stamped and numbered on verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1980
Edition of 99
Lot description
Clarence Sinclair Bull, Greta Garbo in "Mata Hari", November 19, 1931 at MGM Portrait Gallery. Printed circa 1980 from the original vintage 8x10 camera negatives, overseen by John Kobal. Printed on Agva-Gevaett Portriga Rapid 118-#2 paper. Slight, minor ripple in the paper toward top and bottom margins.

Clarence Sinclair Bull (1896-1979) began his career in Hollywood in 1918 as an assistant cameraman at Metro Pictures, shooting stills of actors and actresses during production breaks. When Metro and Goldwyn merged to form MGM in 1924, he became the head of the MGM stills department. During this time he photographed legendary stars such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Gary Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivian Leigh, Spencer Tracy, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and, of course, Greta Garbo. His classic images of movie stars, particularly his collaboration with Greta Garbo, whom he photographed almost exclusively from 1929 until 1941, captured the allure and romance of Hollywood. Bull was influential in beginning the tradition of celebrity portraiture that has endured until today.
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