Vintage silver print of Ramon Navarro from 1927 by Ruth Harriet Louise 11 inches by 14 inchesRuth Harriet Louise
and Hollywood Glamour Photography
November 9 through January 12, 2003

"I speak of Ruth Harriet Louise who has made...MGM beauties even more beautiful."
--Louella Parsons, 1929

When Ruth Harriet Louise joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio with "more stars than there are in heaven," she was twenty-two years old and the only woman working as a portrait photographer for the Hollywood studios. In a career that lasted from 1925 until 1930, Louise photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio’s front gates, including Greta Garbo, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Norma Shearer. This groundbreaking exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a major book by the University of California Press, was organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and also toured to the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago. More than 80 breathtaking vintage prints from public and private collections around the world attest to the talent and vision of a surprisingly unknown photographer who formed the images and helped create the popularity of some of Hollywood’s most enduring stars. They also tell the story of a New Jersey rabbi’s daughter who, through hard work, luck, and talent, became one of the most influential women photographers of the twentieth century.

 Vintage silver print of Anna Sten in 1932 by Ruth Harriet Louise 11 inches by 14 inchesA newly published book on Ruth Harriet Louise is available for $35 at the museum. It was written by Robert Dance and Bruce Robertson, exhibition curators, and was published by the University of California Press. Dance is a private art dealer in New York and Robertson is professor of history of art and architecture at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

SPECIAL EVENT: "Good-bye Glamour: The Hollywood Studio System and What We Lost," a slide talk by Dr. Jim Erickson, associate professor emeritus at WSU, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the Ulrich Museum of Art galleries. This free event is part of "Ulrich Connections-Where Art, Campus and Community Come Together," and is presented in conjunction with Ruth Harriet Louise & Hollywood Glamour Photography. For more information, call Angela Miller, education coordinator, at 978-7116 or e-mail:                   

"Good-bye Glamour: The Hollywood Studio System and What We Lost," is a part of Ulrich Connections, the Ulrich Museum of Art's Public Programs. For more museum events, click here or click on the "News and Events" tab on the homepage.


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