Hurrell Hollywood, Book of Large Prints
I feel the best way to look at Hurrell Portraits and imagery is in large format image and that’s usually in a gallery or showing of his work. Unfortunately, showings of his work in a gallery don’t come around that often anymore. The other way is to have a book of images in large format, which there are only 3 to my knowledge in large format.
- Book of Stars by George Hurrell: Photographien 1927-1990 (about $900, and out of print)
- Hurrell Hollywood: Photographs 1928-1990 (between $30-$50)
- The Portfolios of George Hurrell (between $30-$50)
Unfortunately most of my books are normal format and size, except I do own “The Portfolios of George Hurrell”. I thought I had all the books there were large format, but then I discovered “Book of Stars by George Hurrell: Photographien 1927-1990” and about fell over at the price of over $900. I started researching the book and found another book very similar, same cover but printed in America, “Hurrell Hollywood: Photographs 1928-1990“, with a price between$30-$50. I bought mine for a little over $30.
The “Book of Stars” was printed in Germany, and is a rare book indeed which is why it commands a higher price, but if you’re like me and don’t have endless amounts of cash on hand, I’m OK with the American version, maybe someday when I get rich I will get the $900 book. Both books also have 140 images and are the same size.
If you’re like me, getting your hands on a crinkled corner, autographed, large format photo of Robert Montgomery, is better and cheaper than getting the same photo, unsigned and in mint condition for hundreds of dollars. I paid less than $50 for mine. I don’t think they realized it was signed either, and stamped with the studio copyright to Hurrell on the back. I love ebay.
In one of my future posts I will be showing my small but prized collection of Hurrell prints I have collected over the past few years, but for now here are some images of my new book. BTW I forgot to mention the images in this book are BIG duo tone images, that are easy to look at and are just gorgeous.
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