Will Connell (American, MacPherson, Kansas 1898–1961 Los Angeles?)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 42 x 34.2 cm (16 9/16 x 13 7/16 in.) Mount: 42.8 x 35 cm (16 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.) Frame: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2011
Not on view
In 1938 Connell, an advertising photographer and teacher at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, published In Pictures: A Hollywood Satire, a book of forty-eight photographs that used Surrealist fantasy and photomontage to lampoon the Hollywood studio system. The book offers up a vivid assortment of Tinseltown types: the cigar-chomping producer, the pushy stage mother, and this scantily clad starlet besieged by a horde of colossal sensation-seeking cameras.