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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Historical moments go on show and how some notable names rang in the next year

 

Historical moments go on show and how some notable names rang in the next year

King George V being chased by a beggar, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested and the moment Roger Bannister finished his four minute mile: Fascinating archive of rarely seen photos capturing historical moments go on show

Though the faces are familiar, many of these fascinating stills of some of the most famous people of the twentieth century will not be.

The images - taken from the archives of one of the prestigious photo agencies in the world - show stars and historical figures from across the decades.

Famous moments captured include the day English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested, the second Roger Bannister crossed the finish line to complete his record-breaking four minute mile, and King George V being chased by a pauper.

The Getty Images Gallery has selected the images from its Hulton Archive, each telling its own story and forming a wider narrative on the history of photography for its 'Jewels of the Archive' exhibition.

Louise Garczewska, Director, Getty Images Gallery, said: 'Each jewel of the archive has that captivating quality we look for in an image.'

The exhibition is open at Getty Images Gallery in Eastcastle Street, London, until September 4. Entry is free. Fore more information click here.

The king and the pauper: King George V in a horse-drawn carriage at the Epsom Derby, being pursued by a beggar

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The king and the pauper: King George V in a horse-drawn carriage at the Epsom Derby, being pursued by a beggar

Shaken, not stirred: English film star Roger Moore, well known for his role as James Bond , downs a martini

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Shaken, not stirred: English film star Roger Moore, well known for his role as James Bond , downs a martini

Protest: English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928), is arrested at a demonstration outside Buckingham Palace in London

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Protest: English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928), is arrested at a demonstration outside Buckingham Palace in London

Renowned run: Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

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Renowned run: Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

Dancer Gene Kelly relaxing during a break whilst filming in France in 1966 Spring into life: Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) exercising her dog in Richmond Park in 1950      

Dancer Gene Kelly (left) relaxing during a break whilst filming in France in 1966. Right, actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) exercising her dog in Richmond Park in 1950

 

 

 

 

 

When New Year’s Eve rolls around, it’s just as important to be with someone dear when the clock strikes midnight as it is to be in the proper place.These black and white pictures from yesteryear show society’s elite – from stars of the silver screen to painters and everything in between – surrounded by loved ones and plenty of champagne. From Albert Einstein to Betty Hutton to Jane Wyman, these pictures show how some notable names rang in the next year.

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Roaring 30s: Mae Clarke, a screen and stage star, and her escort, Dr. B. Blank, are seen at their table in the Agua Caliente Hotel in Mexico, during the party on New Year's Eve, attended by scores of the film colony in 1934

Big to do: Joan Bennett, screen star, and Raoul Walsh, director make whoopee at their table in the Agua Caliente Hotel in 1933

Big to do: Joan Bennett, screen star, and Raoul Walsh, director make whoopee at their table in the Agua Caliente Hotel in 1933

Family matters: Joan Caulfield came all the way from the Hollywood to spend the end of 1946 with her parents at Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, welcoming in 1947

Family matters: Joan Caulfield came all the way from the Hollywood to spend the end of 1946 with her parents at Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, welcoming in 1947

 

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Big to do: Betty Hutton, left, of 'Annie Get Your Gun' fame, sees in the New Year with her husband, Ted Briskin, of the Revere Camera Company, at a New York night club in the 1940s; right, radio actress Mercedes McCambridge is ready to welcome 1950 in high style

 

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Dressed to the nines:  Top hat and cane complete the fancy formal outfit for actress Jayne Mansfield, left, and right, Ellen and Alice Kessler, twin dancing stars of Paris' famed Lido Nightclub, help launch 'Champagne Week 1954' in anticipation of New Year's Eve celebrations

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Clowning around: Actress Jane Wyman, dressed in a clown suit, is surrounded by confetti during a New Year celebration

 

Albert and Elsa Einstein stand with members of a reception committee on New Years Eve in 1930 Artist Salvador Dali and others patrons celebrate New Year's Eve at New York's El Morocco nightclub in 1950      

 

 

Theory of relativity: Left, Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa in 1930, and right, artist Salvador Dali and other patrons celebrating New Year's Eve at New York's El Morocco nightclub in 1950

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Make some noise: Silent film actress and producer Hope Hampton, right, and friends enjoying a New Year's Eve celebration at New York City's El Morocco nightclub in 1949

Royal time: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, right, dance the New Year in at the Sherry Netherlands in 1949

Royal time: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, right, dance the New Year in at the Sherry Netherlands in 1949

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Good spirit: Comedian Bob Hope and other entertainers board a Constellation at La Guardia Airport in 1954 for the Thule Air Force Base, Greenland, to provide the New Year's Eve entertainment for the men at the base

Help from friends: Accompanying Bob Hope are Anita Eckberg, center, Robert Strauss right; in the 2nd row, Margaret Whiting, left, and Brenda Marshall, right

Help from friends: Accompanying Bob Hope are Anita Eckberg, center, Robert Strauss right; in the 2nd row, Margaret Whiting, left, and Brenda Marshall, right

 

  • Photos taken during the golden age of Italian cinema in the 1950s
  • Stars to appear include Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn
  • Era saw the first paparazzi photographers take to the streets of Rome
  • Marcello Geppetti took some of the most iconic photos of the era
  • Not everyone liked paps: fights between stars and snappers were common
  • Paparazzi named after character in Fellini's 1960 film La Dolce Vita

       

They're the bane of A-listers everywhere thanks to their long lenses and gift for catching a celebrity during moments they would rather the public didn't see but the origin of the paparazzi are more glamorous than the modern incarnation would suggest.

Now a new exhibition is to turn the lens on some of the first paparazzo, who documented the golden age of Italian cinema, provoking outrage from their A-list subjects and adoration from the public who devoured their work.

But it's not all Bieber-style paparazzi dust-ups: The 80 photos set to go on display at the Estorick Collection from 30th April also offer a glimpse of the dolce vita or 'sweet life' enjoyed by Italian movie stars and Hollywood royalty working in Rome during the 1950s and '60s.

Public holiday: Brigitte Bardot surrounded by paparazzi during a holiday in Spoleto, June 1961

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Public holiday: Brigitte Bardot surrounded by paparazzi during a holiday in Spoleto, June 1961

The two decades were a golden era in Italian film when directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini produced some of their most famous films, including the latter’s iconic La Dolce Vita (1960). So successful was the Italian film making industry, Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Lauren Bacall and Liz Taylor flocked to Rome, along with directors lured by the comparatively inexpensive Cinecittà studios.

In the Roman studios, some of the biggest films of the age, among them Ben-Hur (1959) and Cleopatra (1963) were shot. 

In the evenings, however, a different type of camera lens took over, with photojournalists with an eye on the bottom line unable to resist the lure of the A-lister packed bars and restaurants that lined the city’s exclusive Via Veneto.

Private moment: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor kissing in Ischia, June 1962 and photographed by Geppetti

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Private moment: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor kissing in Ischia, June 1962 and photographed by Geppetti

Arrival: A Geppetti shot of Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica, arriving at a Rome restaurant in 1961

 

Arrival: A Geppetti shot of Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica, arriving at a Rome restaurant in 1961

One of the most skillful was Marcello Geppetti, whose photos vividly evoke an era of extraordinary glamour, creativity and decadence.

Geppetti, who died in 1998, eventually amassed an archive of more than a million images, many featuring period heavyweights such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.

And Geppetti was unique in another way too, making the decision early in his career to sell his work to press agencies rather than direct to papers in much the same way that paparazzi do today.

Initially, he was employed by the Meldolesi-Canestrelli-Bozzer agency, then one of the most high-profile of its kind, where he earned a a reputation both for the technical quality of his images and his talent for capturing dramatic, eye-catching moments, before going freelance. 

Ironically, Geppetti made his name with harrowing images of a fire at the Hotel Ambasciatori on Via Veneto: the very street that would later provide him with arresting imagery of a quite different nature, as he travelled along it on his scooter on the lookout for celebrities.

 

Audrey Hepburn, Rome, 1961 Raquel Welch and Marcello Mastroianni at Cinecitta on the set of the movie ¿Shoot Loud, Louder, I do not understand ...¿, 1966      

 

Portrait of a film star: Audrey Hepburn (left) and Raquel Welch and Marcello Mastroianni on set (right)

 

Intimate: Jane Mansfield and Mike Hargitay papped enjoying their supper in Rome, September 1960

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Intimate: Jane Mansfield and Mike Hargitay papped enjoying their supper in Rome, September 1960

Ready to work: Rock Hudson and Cary Grant at photographed outside the Cinecittà Studios, June 1961

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Ready to work: Rock Hudson and Cary Grant at photographed outside the Cinecittà Studios, June 1961

Suppertime: Richard Burton dining with friends at a restaurant in Trastevere, Rome, June 1963

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Suppertime: Richard Burton dining with friends at a restaurant in Trastevere, Rome, June 1963

Many capture moments when, as he put it, 'the ordinary coexisted with the extraordinary’, as in his image of Liz Taylor wandering with a friend through the streets of Cinecittà dressed as Cleopatra, or the actor Mickey Hargitay riding down the Via Veneto on horseback. 

One of his most famous shots is that of Richard Burton kissing Liz Taylor while holidaying in Ischia, a photograph recently listed among the 30 most famous images in history, alongside works by Andy Warhol and Cecil Beaton.

Yet despite the loveliness of his work, the celebrities he photographed considered the behaviour of the paparazzi as intrusive then as they do today. 

Glamorous: Swedish actress Anita Ekberg driving a Mercedes through the streets of Rome in May 1962

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Glamorous: Swedish actress Anita Ekberg driving a Mercedes through the streets of Rome in May 1962

Romance: Jane Mansfield and Mike Hargitay leaving Piccola Budapest, Rome, October 1962

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Romance: Jane Mansfield and Mike Hargitay leaving Piccola Budapest, Rome, October 1962

Attack: Much like Justin Bieber, Franco Nero, seen here assaulting Rino Barillari at the Trevi Fountain in 1965, was no fan of the paps

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Attack: Like Bieber, Franco Nero, seen here hitting Rino Barillari at the Trevi Fountain, was no fan of the paps

One photograph captures the actor Franco Nero in the act of assaulting Geppetti’s fellow paparazzo, Rino Barillari, at the Trevi Fountain, while another series of images show Anita Ekberg in her stockinged feet confronting another paparazzo with a bow and arrow before attacking him with her fists.

While the A-listers they followed loathed them, Geppetti and his ilk produced some of the most iconic images of the 1950s; cementing Hollywood's place in popular culture in the process.

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that the paparazzo - and the public who adored them - changed the face of photojournalism forever.

The Years of La Dolce Vita begins on the 30th April and runs until the 29th June at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. For more information, see estorickcollection.com

Glamorous company: Jack Lemmon, Joan Collins and Robert Wagner at Caffè dell¿Epoca, Rome, October 1961

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Glamorous company: Jack Lemmon, Joan Collins and Robert Wagner at Caffè dell’Epoca, Rome, October 1961

On set: Assistant cameraman Ennio Guarnieri, Nico Otzak and Federico Fellini on the set of La Dolce Vita, 1960

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On set: Assistant cameraman Ennio Guarnieri, Nico Otzak and Federico Fellini on the set of La Dolce Vita, 1960

Star: Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni puffs on a cigarette during filming on the set of La Dolce Vita, 1960

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Star: Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni puffs on a cigarette during filming on the set of La Dolce Vita, 1960

 

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