From the Jazz Age in the 1920's to the advent of glamour photography in the 1930's, people around the world were dazzled by elegant photos of their favorite stars. Take a look at some classic Hollywood portraits that continue to influence glamour photography many decades after.
It all began in the Jazz Age—the unmistakable era of dynamism, women empowerment, soothing jazz music, and classy Flapper fashion in the United States. It never completely lost its appeal, carrying on to influence pop culture decades after it ended. Glamour photography, whose origins can be traced around this period, played a significant role in the rise of Hollywood and its stars. Most of the notable Hollywood icons from this era had one or two glamour photos that aided their rise to stardom.
Glamour photos of this period reflected powerful use of lights and shadows, elegant portraits, air of mystery, and perfection beyond reach. Some photos had a dreamy appeal, but those with crisp details and established moods were also in abundance. Some notable Hollywood photographers such as George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull emerged from this period and later on became synonymous with the classic Hollywood photography that we still find appealing today. Movie stars and singers relied on such photographers to create appealing and iconic images to advance their careers.
Here are more beautiful classic photos that set the standards for beauty and defined “glamour”.
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