Retouching is not a new phenomena. These images are from one of my earliest inspirations. The amazing photographer George Hurrell the “Grand Seigneur of the Hollywood Portrait”. He was responsible for MGM’s most iconic images from the 30′s and 40′s including the likes of Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and a favourite of mine Norma Shearer. Although he died in 1994 he did capture the likes of Brooke Shields looking like one of Lauren Bacall’s siblings.
When he would shoot actors and actress’s he would ask them to wear there lipstick and eye makeup but no foundation. He loved the way light would reflect on natural skin. Here is a before and after image Joan Crawford from the early 30′s sans makeup in Mr Hurrell’s light and post production. Mr Hurrell obviously didn’t have a computer to retouch, he actually retouched the negative.
This is what a movie star is all about. Something untouchable, aspirational. Alas this idea of untouchability has become something of great debate today.
True Beauty Only Comes Through Life Experience – Stephen Dimmick