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James Wong Howe

James Wong Howe
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Artist
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992
Sitter
James Wong Howe, 28 Aug 1899 - 12 Jul 1976
Date
1942
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet/Mount: 33 × 25.5 cm (13 × 10 1/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Topic
Interior
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James Wong Howe: Male
James Wong Howe: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
James Wong Howe: Performing Arts\Cinematographer
James Wong Howe: Oscar
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© George Hurrell, Jr.
Object number
NPG.89.191
Exhibition Label
Born Taishan, Guangdong, China
James Wong Howe was one of Hollywood’s preeminent cinematographers; his filmography spans from 1923 to 1975. He began at the Lasky studios during the silent era, working as an assistant on Cecil B. DeMille’s early features. By the time "talkies" arrived, Howe was in demand, having established his reputation for, as he once said, making "old stars young, plump stars thin, ordinary faces beautiful." Howe was known for his technical innovations, such as using black-velvet camera hoods "to make blue eyes show up better on the orthochromatic film stock in use until the early 1920s." Among his noted films were The Thin Man (1934), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958). Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Howe won two Oscars, for The Rose Tattoo (1956) and Hud (1963).
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery