An exhibit featuring the work of renowned celebrity photographer George Hurrell is currently on display at Paul Stuart’s two Chicago locations. The acclaimed Hollywood lensman is best known for his glamorous fine art portraiture during the 1930s and 40s.

Hurrell2bwHurrell ranks high on my list of favorite photographers of all time, not simply because of his Chicago roots—he grew up here and attended the Chicago Art Institute—but because of his meticulous eye for detail and his exquisite use of light. His dreamy, porcelain-like images have a fantastical quality to them that I find truly captivating.

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Clark Gable by George Hurrell via Hurrell:The Kobel Collection

Sought after by stars and star-makers during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Hurrell is responsible for capturing some of the most iconic and glamorous celebrity portraits of the 20th century. At only 26, he became the head of MGM’s portrait gallery and began retouching negatives long before most other photographers had discovered the art.


The framed giclée prints on display in the stores along with a gorgeous coffee table book of Hurrell’s work are available for sale. The book, Hurrell: The Kobel Collection, is the largest collection of the famed photographer’s work in one tome and includes many never-before-seen images. 


The exhibit runs thru March 16th at Paul Stuart