Greta Garbo with a monkey, James Dean with a headache and Frankenstein enjoying a cup of afternoon tea. In the era of the great Hollywood Film Studios little did we know these glamorous actors were bound by contract to take part in advertising shoots attached to each film they’d appear in. Drawn from the illustrious archives of the John Kobal Foundation, Hollywood Unseen is the coffee table book we’ve been waiting for, showcasing the incredible scenes – and very savvy marketing departments – of Hollywood.
Spanning the golden cinema age of the ‘20s through to the established ‘50s, it shows the images that were taken after scenes had been cut and more intimate photographs were taken. They are silly, beautiful and a thrilling flashback to these immortal creatures of film. The stunning portraits of Hollywood’s sparkling actors and actresses – such as Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe – never cease to make us starstruck!
Although the pictures might suggest the never before seen and ordinary life of the stars, there is nothing casual about the creation of them. Carefully constructed and prepped to perfection, these images have been art directed like any classic portrait or film scene. In other words: don’t worry ladies, nobody just wakes up and looks as gorgeous as this even if it does seem like a shot from behind the scenes! Nevertheless we’ll be keeping this book safely placed amongst our inspirational tomes and will no doubt be swooning over and finding hidden photographic gems as we go!