The Museum of Mario Testino (MATE) in Barranco introduced its first exhibition of the series “Masters of Photography” in its temporary exhibits salon, which will showcase the works of photographers who have influenced the field and whose talents resulted in iconic images. The inaugural exhibit, titled “Legends in Light”, features images of Hollywood stars taken by North American photographer George Hurrell.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1904, George Hurrell was a master in studio portraits during Hollywood’s golden years. He found his way into photography and Hollywood by chance and became one of the most sought-after photographers in the field. He opened a studio in Los Angeles in 1927 and by 1937 had become a household name thanks to publications in Esquire magazine.
His photos captured the glamor and elegance of some of the biggest stars of the cinema that continue to define the era and influence photographers today. Portraits of actors like Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks—just to name a few, have immortalized them as icons of the time. The use of light and shadow in Hurrell’s images has a dramatic effect and set the standard for Hollywood glamor shots that influenced the works of photographers during the century and beyond. The George Hurrell exhibit will be on display until December 6th 2014.
After seeing the collection of Mario Testino, the exhibits of “Masters of Photography” are a bonus to any visit to MATE. Once you’ve finished your visit, you might enjoy a delicious piece of carrot cake and a cappuccino at the MATE Café or have a light lunch on the lovely patio.