Friday: 2 of 6

Joan Crawford from “Letty Lynton” 1932.

Sunday: Post 7 of 8 – Kulturschlag

“Woman sunbathing” (1935) by Martin Munkácsi. Munkácsi was a newspaper writer and photographer in Hungary, specializing in sports. At the time, sports action photography could only be done in bright light outdoors. Munkácsi’s innovation was to make sports photographs as meticulously composed action photographs, which required both artistic and technical skill.
On March 21, 1933, he photographed the aged President Paul von Hindenburg handing Germany over to Adolf Hitler. On assignment for the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, he photographed Hitler’s inner circle, ironically because he was a Jew and a foreigner.
Munkácsi left for New York after Hitler closed the magazine, where he signed on, for a substantial $100,000, with Harper’s Bazaar, a top fashion magazine. Innovatively, he often left the studio to shoot outdoors, on the beach, on farms and fields, at an airport. He produced one of the first articles illustrated with nude photographs in a popular magazine.
His portraits include Katharine Hepburn, Leslie Howard, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Jane Russell, Louis Armstrong, and the definitive dance photograph of Fred Astaire.

Retro Monday:3 of 6 – Kulturschlag

Joan Crawford as Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932). Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925 and began a campaign of self-publicity. In the 1930s, Crawford’s fame rivalled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These “rags-to-riches” stories were well-received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States.
After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.