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  • Sold Date: Oct 31, 2009
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by bruno of hollywood

This auction is for an original 1948 FIRST EDITION! of " ART PHOTOGRAPHY " by Bruno Bernard. If you are an aficionado of the female form, YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

It contains 58 PHOTOENGRAVED PLATES!!! by famous Hollywood photographer, Bruno Bernard. He is best known for giving Marilyn Monroe her big break in Hollywood.

In the 1930's Bruno Bernard sat transfixed in a darkened movie house in Nazi Germany. He watched Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy battle deadly earthquakes and horrendous fires in the classic film, San Francisco. At the moment, the camaraderie and freedom he craved seemed hopelessly beyond reach. Unless he escaped Nazi Germany, the twenty-four year old Jewish Youth Organization leader would be killed. San Francisco motivated Bruno to change his plans; he would go to America and direct movies. He escaped to Hollywood and apprenticed under legendary director Max Reinhardt. Getting work in Hollywood was tough; to survive he took portraits of actors and their families. Possessing little more than the camera his mother had given him as a gift, Bruno built a darkroom in the basement of his Hollywood apartment. Through the early forties his reputation as a photographer soon grew and he moved his "studio" to the notorious Sunset Strip. Bruno reasoned: "No one knows the name Bernard, but they all know Hollywood. I will name my photo studio "Bernard of Hollywood." Soon, all of Hollywood knew Bruno Bernard and his work; his career as the "King of Hollywood Glamour" soared. By the mid fifties he establish his famed Sun Set Studio in Hollywood and his career began to soar. It was on a routine visit to the dentist that he encounter Norma Jean Baker, a young model trying to break into the movie business, walking down the street near his studio. They spoke briefly and NORMA JEAN accepted to pose for Bruno to begin her portfolio for studio presentation. Working together enhanced both of their talents. Bruno produced images working with Norma Jean that would forever be an important point of reference for Bruno as a photographer and Norma Jean Baker as yet to become MARILYN MONROE . He is credited with introducing Marilyn Monroe to Jimmy Hyde, the agent who got her a contract with 20th Century-Fox. ''Remember Bernie, you started it all,'' the actress wrote in one of Mr. Bernard's 10 books on photography. One of his best-known pictures was of Miss Monroe in a windblown skirt.

Published in 1948, this book is in GOOD CONDITION! for its age and especially to be 61 YEARS OLD!!! ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT!!! and tightly bound with NO TEARS!!! or any markings. It measures 10 1/2" x 11 1/4" and is complete with 56 pages. GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!


Bruno Bernard established his Hollywood studio on the fashionable Sunset strip in 1946. His genius for capturing the spirit and personality of his movie star and celebrity subjects in intimate portraits and candid moments was the strength of his work. A young girl named Norma Jean got her big break in Hollywood with a portfolio produced by Bruno Bernard. This girl went on to become Marilyn Monroe. Their association grew into a lifelong friendship. Bruno Bernard immortalized Marilyn and her beauty for posterity in a stream of fascinating images throughout her brief and tragic career. Through the artistry of his photographs, Bruno Bernard shares with us his intimate, up close and personal view of the glamour and excitement of Hollywood's "Golden Age".


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