The Resource Still : American silent motion picture photography, David S. Shields

Still : American silent motion picture photography, David S. Shields

Label
Still : American silent motion picture photography
Title
Still
Title remainder
American silent motion picture photography
Statement of responsibility
David S. Shields
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
While the American silent movie was one of the most significant popular art forms of the modern age, it is also one that is largely lost to us, as more than eighty percent of silent films have disappeared, the victims of age, disaster, and neglect. We now know about many of these cinematic masterpieces only from the collections of still portraits and production photographs that were originally created for publicity and reference. Capturing the beauty, horror, and moodiness of silent motion pictures, these images are remarkable pieces of art in their own right. In the first history of still camera work generated by the American silent motion picture industry, David S. Shields chronicles the evolution of silent film aesthetics, glamour, and publicity, and provides unparalleled insight into this influential body of popular imagery. Exploring the work of over sixty camera artists, "Still" recovers the stories of the photographers who descended on early Hollywood and the stars and starlets who sat for them between 1908 and 1928. Focusing on the most culturally influential types of photographs--the performer portrait and the scene still--Shields follows photographers such as Albert Witzel and W. F. Seely as they devised the poses that newspapers and magazines would bring to Americans, who mimicked the sultry stares and dangerous glances of silent stars. He uncovers scene shots of unprecedented splendor--visions that would ignite the popular imagination. And he details how still photographs changed the film industry, whose growing preoccupation with artistry in imagery caused directors and stars to hire celebrated stage photographers and transformed cameramen into bankable names. Reproducing over 150 of these gorgeous black-and-white photographs, "Still" brings to life an entire long-lost visual culture that a century later still has the power to enchant
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shields, David S.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.S696
LC item number
S55 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stills (Motion pictures)
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Photographers
  • Cinematography
  • Stummfilm
  • Fotografie
  • Cinematography
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Photographers
  • Stills (Motion pictures)
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Still : American silent motion picture photography, David S. Shields
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Inventing glamour, composing worlds -- Photography and the birth of professional beauty -- Glamour comes to California -- Worlds distilled: motion picture production photography -- The visual artists -- Manly faces: Jack Freulich, Bert Longworth, Ray Jones, and the Universal Studio -- Aesthetic -- The dying photographer and the new woman -- Opium dreams: Ferdinand P. Earle and visual fantasy -- Royal photographer to the stars: M.I. Boris and visual artistry -- Artistry and regimen -- The eyes of Lillian Gish -- The wide-open spaces -- Studio men: 1922
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780226013268
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012026790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)799253063
  • (OCoLC)ocn799253063
Label
Still : American silent motion picture photography, David S. Shields
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Inventing glamour, composing worlds -- Photography and the birth of professional beauty -- Glamour comes to California -- Worlds distilled: motion picture production photography -- The visual artists -- Manly faces: Jack Freulich, Bert Longworth, Ray Jones, and the Universal Studio -- Aesthetic -- The dying photographer and the new woman -- Opium dreams: Ferdinand P. Earle and visual fantasy -- Royal photographer to the stars: M.I. Boris and visual artistry -- Artistry and regimen -- The eyes of Lillian Gish -- The wide-open spaces -- Studio men: 1922
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780226013268
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012026790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)799253063
  • (OCoLC)ocn799253063

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