Quite a Life

Christine Aguila caguila at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 1 18:32:14 EDT 2010


Hi Brendan:  Verrrrryyyy interesting.  Big thanks for posting.  I tried to 
see it earlier, but the link kept crashing my browser.  Cheers, Christine



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brendan MacRae" <brendanmacrae1969 at yahoo.com>
To: "pdml" <pdml at pdml.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:01 PM
Subject: Quite a Life


After work today, I went over to spend some time with Will Connell, Jr. who 
had asked me over to take a look at the wiring on his stereo system. Will is 
a great artist who creates incredible wooden sculptures. His stereo cabinet 
and speakers were built by him in the 1960's.

After sorting out the wiring he invited me to take a look at a number of 
original prints made by his father, "the old man," as Will always refers to 
him. I was completely blown away.

The photographs from his Hollywood years when he worked as a studio 
portratist were just amazing. Original studio glamor shots of Ginger Rogers, 
Myrna Loy, Mary Brian, Irene Dunne, Charles Laughton, Errol Flynn and 
others. One was a color photo of a young Mickey Rooney as a promo for "Out 
West With The Hardy's" from 1938. Absolutely amazing images. Some of his 
Hollywood work is here:

http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/collections/permanent/object_genres/photographers/connell/connell_archive/wc_groEN.html

I also got to see some of his other pictorial work, commercial photography, 
and photos and portraits of family friends. Some of these were notable 
figures including Lloyd Wright who remodeled Connell's home and back porch 
in Los Angeles. The best part of all though was leafing through the original 
mock-up that Connell did for his famous book "In Pictures: A Hollywood 
Satire" which he used as he was shopping around for a publisher. Seeing as 
how first editions of the book go for thousands of dollars 
(http://www.abaa.org/books/256477872.html), I'm sure that the mock-up is 
worth a pretty penny indeed.

It was a real treat to be able to see all of these original prints and hear 
the stories that Will tells of "the old man" and his incredible photographic 
life.

-Brendan

"I am a photographer because for me photography is the most satisfactory way 
of talking to people. It's commercial photography because I also like to 
eat." - Will Connell, 1949




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