June 12, 2007

The Passage of Time


I came across the above photo of actor Ramon Novarro (he had an interesting life and a sad end) while looking for images by George Hurrell (that's a collector's site; the estate site is here), about whom Virginia Postrel writes in the latest Atlantic.

I think the most interesting thing about Postrel's article is the indication of changing fashions in Hollywood -- Hurrell made his subjects look almost otherworldly (this seemed obvious to me while looking through some of photos in the galleries on IMDB). It makes an interesting contrast to today's celebrity photographers, who capture starlets vomiting or sobbing on their way to jail.

It also says a lot about us, because the latter photos would not be taken were there not a thriving market for them.

Oh, and an aside -- I'm not sure that the above photo was taken by Hurrell.

Posted by Ideofact at June 12, 2007 11:28 PM