Artifice and Atmosphere: The Visual Culture of Hollywood Glamour Photography, 1930-1935
During the first half of the 1930s, the idea of glamour was changing. Early in the decade, the term referred to a particular category of character or star: the sophisticated, mysterious woman. But this type came to be represented in a recognizable way, turning glamour into a visual style that could be copied-within Hollywood and beyond. Soon, the word glamour had become a synonym for beauty itself. This essay discusses the shifting meanings of the term, while examining glamour's visual construction in three distinct sites: Vanity Fair, the fan magazines, and the films of Greta Garbo.
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Indiana University Press
Keating, P. (2017). Artifice and atmosphere: The visual culture of hollywood glamour photography, 1930-1935. Film History: An International Journal, 29(3), 105-135. doi:10.2979/filmhistory.29.3.05
Film History: An International Journal