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July 20, 2021

35 Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Classic Beauties by Edwin Bower Hesser in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1893 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Edwin Bower Hesser became involved in theatre, drawing, sculpture, painting, and commercial photography at the age of 17. He was a prominent photographer who worked in New York and Los Angeles during the golden age of Hollywood and developed his own color photography system known as Hessercolor.

Classic beauties taken by Edwin Bower Hesser in the 1920s and 1930s

Hesser was one of the few portraitist who regularly depicted sitters head on. His penchant for back-lighting so that hair seem lined with light, gave certain of his 1920s sitters a halo or aura. His portraits of movie actresses and stage stars were greatly influential images of glamour from 1925 to 1930.

The bulk of the collection consists of photographic materials such as negatives, prints, transparencies, and periodicals featuring Hesser’s work. The collection also includes paper materials, such as miscellaneous manuscripts, business papers and journals.

Hesser died in 1962. These gorgeous photos are part of his work that he took portraits of classic beauties in the 1930s.

Anna May Wong

Barbara Worth

Barbara Worth

Barbara Worth

Barbara Worth

Betty Compson

Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Constance Bennett

Corinne Griffith

Dixie Lee

Dolores del Rio

Dorothy Mackaill

Gertrude Olmsted

Gilda Gray

Jean Harlow

Jeanette MacDonald

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Jobyna Ralston

Katherine Irving

Lila Lee

Loretta Young

Madge Bellemy

Mae Murray

Mae Murray

Marian Nixon

Marian Nixon

Marian Nixon

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Theda Bara




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