Paper Dreams: The Lost Art of Hollywood Still Photography

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Christoph Schifferli
Edition 7L, 2007 - Performing Arts - 108 pages
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Film stills are a blind spot in the history of twentieth century photography. Largely collected and appreciated simply for their documentary value, only recently private and public collectors have started to discover their seductive and original artistic qualities. In the 1920s and 1930s, during Holllywood's Golden Age, film-still photography reached an unmatched level of technical sophistication and mastery and developed an aesthetic style of its own.

This book assembles a selection of vintage film stills from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s -- masterpieces from a large collection of film photography. Reproduced in their original format and in high-quality tritone printing, the book conveys the unique creative and narrative qualities of these pictures from a forgotten chapter of black-and-white photography.

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User Review  - Relyn - Goodreads

This book made me want to collect film stills. What a lush, gorgeous book. The book is worth the price just for its beauty, but I actually learned a lot about a forgotten art form. Great read! Read full review

About the author (2007)

Christoph Schifferli, born in Zurich in 1950, is a longtime collector of postwar and contemporary photography and artist's books of the 1960s and 1970s. He started to collect film stills several years ago after buying anonymous still photographs from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis".

David Campany is a writer, curator and Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster, London. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003), Photography and Cinema (Reaktion 2008), ANONYMES: l'amerique sand nom- photographies et cinema (Steidl/Le Bal, 2010) and Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (Afterall, MIT 2011). His essays have appeared in numerous books. He writes for Aperture, Frieze, Photoworks, Source, The Oxford Art Journal, and PA magazine.

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