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Artist:
Will Connell (American, MacPherson, Kansas 1898–1961 Los Angeles?)
Date:
1937
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 42 x 34.2 cm (16 9/16 x 13 7/16 in.) Mount: 42.8 x 35 cm (16 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.) Frame: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.212
Not on view
In 1938 Connell, an advertising photographer and teacher at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, published In Pictures: A Hollywood Satire, a book of forty-eight photographs that used Surrealist fantasy and photomontage to lampoon the Hollywood studio system. The book offers up a vivid assortment of Tinseltown types: the cigar-chomping producer, the pushy stage mother, and this scantily clad starlet besieged by a horde of colossal sensation-seeking cameras.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil and ink on mount, verso TL: "23. FIND. // #18 "NEW DISCOVERY" [crossed out] // © WILL CONNELL // 423 So. RAMPART // LOS ANGELES, CAL."
[Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York City, until 2011]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Connell, Will. In Pictures: A Hollywood Satire. 1st ed. New York: T. J. Maloney, 1937. p. 53.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 179, pp. 170, 249.



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