The Art of Retouching in the 1930′s
A startling example of the power of retouching, this portrait was one of many shot by Hurrell over the years.
Hurrell’s retouching skills were far beyond than just adjusting the light and contrast. Negatives were painted with lead paint, he had a special machine to pin prick certain areas of negatives, and endless hours were spent retouching.
He used to ask his subjects to arrive on-set with no make up. Photography in a way it didn’t change all that much, the ideas are the same only the equipment and techniques has changed.
Rita Hayworth, by George Hurrell (1942).
Marlene Dietrich, by George Hurrell (1938).
George Hurrel on the set
Photographic book called ” The Art of Retouching Photographic Negatives” by Robert Johnson from the 1930’s
Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits Book
Tools of the trade