Photograph of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry Warnecke Studio for The Daily News/The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The Smithsonian Associates.
Survived from Harry Warnecke’s Studio and now on display at The National Portrait Gallery are 24 color photographic portraits of notable stars, athletes, military heroes, and historical leaders. The exhibit, In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio illustrates the dramatic shift from black and white to color photography during the last half- century.
Harry Warnecke (1900-1984) was assigned by The New York Daily News to photograph these American idols in a whole new way. Warnecke specifically took these color portrait photographs for the Sunday magazine, which at the time was viewed like everything else in the media, as vague images in black and white. Now characters we have been accustomed to seeing in monochromatic tones are brought back to life by Warnecke’s creation of the one-shot camera, designed for color reproduction. TV and movie stars like Lucille Ball and Irene Dunne shine in their portraits, sporting brightly colored attire and brilliant red lips. Other note worthy gems featured in the show include, military men: Dwight D. Eisenhower, George C. Marshall, and General Patton and other stars on the scene like Ted Williams, Edgar Bergen, and Dale Evans.
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Take a trip to the 1930’s where color photography became a whole new phenomenon!
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Here’s something to look forward to:
The Smithsonian Associates presents Camera-Ready Color as a Mingle at the Museum featuring the exhibit ‘In Vibrant Color’. During the Event (scheduled to take place on June 6, 2012 from 7:30-10pm), DC based Artist, Alexa Meade will be exploring the concepts of mixing color, portraiture, personality and photography in her compositions. Meade will be painting a pair of portraits with live models. The first one will be created in a black-and-white scene while the second portrait is created in a full-color set.
Keep a look out for the event, soon to be posted online at Resident Associates- Mingle at the Museum.
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