Still : American silent motion picture photography (Book, 2013) []
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Still : American silent motion picture photography

Still : American silent motion picture photography

Author: David S Shields
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Shields
ISBN: 9780226013268 022601326X
OCLC Number: 799253063
Description: xii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: I. Inventing glamour, composing worlds : Photography and the birth of professional beauty --
Glamour comes to California --
Worlds distilled: motion picture production photography --
II. 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 --
III. Artistry and regimen : The eyes of Lillian Gish --
The wide-open spaces --
Studio men.
Responsibility: David S. Shields.


A history of still camera work generated by the American silent motion picture industry that chronicles the evolution of silent film aesthetics, glamour, and publicity. Exploring the work of over  Read more...


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"Still is not just a labor of love or the fruit of a personal passion. It's not just an astonishing album of 'beauty' and beauty. In the process it amounts to one of the most radical reappreciations Read more...

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