Hollywood In Kodachrome

Hardcover | November 5, 2013

byDavid Wills

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Hollywood in Kodachrome is a stunning portfolio of the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, captured in rich, deeply saturated color photographs reproduced from original Kodachrome negatives and curated by collector David Wills and designer Stephen Schmidt, the creative team behind Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis and Audrey: The 60s.

From Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, and Rita Hayworth to Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, and Gregory Peck—and many more—the silver screen’s elite are all here, in the full blush of youth, captured as if they were taken yesterday. But the true star is the medium itself: late-1940s sheet Kodachrome, a film stock that remains legendary for its rich tonal range, precise color, and detail. 

Including a foreword by Golden Age star Rhonda Fleming, and featuring more than 200 photos from classic films and publicity shoots, Hollywood in Kodachrome is a magnificent tribute to Hollywood’s most beloved icons, captured at their glamorous best.

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Hollywood in Kodachrome is a stunning portfolio of the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, captured in rich, deeply saturated color photographs reproduced from original Kodachrome negatives and curated by collector David Wills and designer Stephen Schmidt, the creative team behind Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis and Audrey: The 60s.From Eli...

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Kodachrome film saturated the 1940s with an unprecedented explosion of color. Movie audiences, accustomed to seeing photographs of their favorite stars on magazine covers, billboards, and cinema marquees in monochrome or black-and-white, were suddenly enthralled as their idols came to life in vibrant hues as flesh-and-blood human being...

Australian-born David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world's largest independent archives of original photographs, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolita...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 11.5 × 9 × 1.44 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062265547

ISBN - 13:9780062265548

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most beautiful books I own! OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I have never seen such a gorgeous coffee table book before in my life! I could pretty much end this post right here without having to go on for a few more paragraphs because that's all you really need to know about Hollywood In Kodachrome. So yeah, go out and get yourself a copy. Like, right now. Before they all sell out on account of the praise I'm heaping on it (yeah, like my opinion is enough to cause a bookstore stampede ... easy there Hercules). If you're still here and reading this, let me set the scene for you: one of my closest friends ordered this book for me for my birthday and when I returned home from work last Monday, I found a big box sitting on my doorstep. I knew to expect a package from her but I had no idea what she had gifted me. When I took the parcel inside and opened it up I literally gasped. Like, a full on GASP. Hollywood In Kodachrome has been on my wishlist since it came out in September 2013 and I truly can't tell you why I never succumbed to its charms before and ordered it myself. I think it was because I knew I already had too many unread coffee table books sitting on my shelves and I was loathe to add another one to the pile. This is the kind of book that will get you excited about classic Hollywood and photography. It will inspire you, it will enable you to see the world through rose-tinted glasses, and it will change you. I'm not kidding when I say that once I was done reading this, I literally felt like I was walking on air in some 1940s swing club in Los Angeles, California. It doesn't take a lot of time to read through because there is very little text in it - this coffee table book is incredibly picture-heavy and its main point is to treat its audience to a plethora of high quality, stunningly vivid colour photographs that were taken throughout the golden age of Hollywood cinema. Some of the photos are horribly unforgiving showing uneven skin tone, blemishes, and caked on heavily applied studio makeup which I found really interesting - it's rare that the legendary Hollywood stars we're so used to seeing looking flawless onscreen and in black and white stills actually had their own skin problems and makeup blunders to worry over. Remember, this was way before the time of Photoshop! Having said that, though, I can confirm that the vast majority of the photographs in this book are utterly breath-taking. I swear, flipping through Hollywood In Kodachrome's pages nearly gave me an asthma attack (and I don't even suffer from asthma). Do yourself a huge favour this weekend: go out and buy this book. Run - don't walk - to the bookstore and pick it up off the shelf, open up its hardcover binding, salivate over its endpapers, and revel in its utter majesty. Honestly? I will never let this book out of my sight. And that's huge coming from someone who buys film-related books on the regular. High praise indeed.
Date published: 2015-06-15