Clarence Sinclair Bull
1896, Sun River, Montana - 1979, Los Angeles, USA

Short biography
After studying painting Clarence Sinclaire Bull joined Metro Pictures in 1918 and set up one of the film industry’s first in-house portrait studios. As head of MGM’s Stills Department from 1924 to 1960, he pioneered celebrity portraiture with his alluring, mysteriously-lit images.

Bull was Greta Garbo’s favorite (and almost exclusive) photographer. Other famous subjects included Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. He also experimented with early color photography in his stills for “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and “Gone With the Wind” (1939). Bull published a memoir, “The Faces of Hollywood”(1968). His photographs hang -among other musea- in London’s National Portrait Gallery, which held a major retrospective of his work in 1989.

Recent exhibitions
Centre Culturel Suédois Paris.

Top auction result
$ 3.972

Average auction results
$ 400 - $ 1.700

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