Variations on a nightgownPosted by vp19 on 2012.11.08 at 08:19
Current mood: satisfied
That's Carole Lombard in Paramount p1202-414, likely taken by Eugene Robert Richee in late 1932 or early 1933. It was on sale at eBay last night, but someone apparently bought it before I could make that the theme of today's entry. So it's on to plan B.
This portrait was one of several at a session showing Carole in a nightgown, often sitting in a chair. They are fascinating to examine together, as they reveal the intricacies of the photographer's craft, especially regarding lighting. We'll begin with p1202-418 (which we know was taken by Richee)...
An altogether different aura was achieved by having Carole stand up and shining a light on the flimsy lower half of the nightgown, leading to a silhouette of those lovely Lombard legs. To see just how seductive this effect appears, check out p1202-415...
Also from that session, but with no p1202 number I can confirm, is this pose:
Using a cigarette as a prop has little appeal for 2012 eyes, but back then it was deemed somewhat sexy. (Ah, the changes 80 years can bring!)
Perhaps there remain a few more images from that session, just waiting to be uncovered by classic Hollywood photo sleuths.