Sunday, January 12, 2014

Girls on Film


I had intended writing about aspirational advertising today (no really) but when looking for an external hard drive online I came across this photograph of Elizabeth Taylor from the Life magazine archives - published in their book 'Life in Hollywood'. The model looks beautiful, she is lit perfectly, for the era it was taken in, but just look at the state of that background! If I had been lucky enough to have taken that shot I would have spent hours using Photoshop trying to smooth out those blotches on the roll of paper.

9 comments:

A Northern Bloke said...

Yes, that background would be heavily criticised if the picture had appeared on somewhere like the Talk Photography forum. I suppose it's a case of priorities changing over time.

As you say, the lighting is great.

Paul said...

Yes - the photographer would get slaughtered for that background.

She was quite stunning though wasn't she.

A Northern Bloke said...

Yes, she was.

Span Ows said...

Yes indeed. On the background, isn't it one of those mottled screens that many photographers use i.e. for individual school photos, portraits? Hard to believe they'd use what looks like an olive drag canvas tarp as a background otherwise!

Paul said...

I'm not sure Span - the more I look at it the more I can see creases which is in part due to the lighting as much as the material.

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