The Hollywood Theatre, The Hotel deLuxe and Alma Chocolate (SE Location)

RHLRuth Harriet Louise (born Ruth Goldstein) (January 13, 1903 – October 12, 1940) was an American professional photographer, the first woman photographer active in Hollywood; she ran Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer‘s portrait studio from 1925 to 1930.

When Louise was hired by MGM as chief portrait photographer in the summer of 1925, she was twenty-two years old, and the only woman working as a portrait photographer for the Hollywood studios. In a career that lasted only five years, Louise photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio’s front gates, including Greta GarboLon ChaneyJohn GilbertJoan CrawfordMarion Davies, and Norma Shearer. It is estimated that she took more than 100,000 photos during her tenure at MGM. Today she is considered an equal with George Hurrell Sr. and other renowned glamour photographers of the era.

Enjoy the photos of Ruth Harriet Louise as we celebrate her work and life. Photos will be displayed March 1-7, 2016 at The Hollywood Theatre, The Hotel deLuxe and Alma Chocolate (SE Location).


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