Vintage: Portraits by James Abbe (1920s)

Vintage: Portraits by James Abbe (1920s)


James Abbe (1883 – 1973) was an American photographer. His career as international photographer was first boosted by the Washington Post, which commissioned him to travel and take photographs of a 16-day voyage with the American battleship fleet to England and France in 1910. Many years later he traveled throughout Europe as a young photojournalist in the late 1920s and early 1930s recording the unstable power struggles of the early 20th century. However, he first made a name for himself photographing theatre stars of the New York stage and subsequently movie stars in New York, Hollywood, Paris, and London throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His unusual technique of working outside the studio set him apart from other photographers of the period. To make money, Abbe sold his photographs to magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, which brought his subjects greater fame.

Jean Nash

Jean Nash © James Abbe

June Tripp

June Tripp © James Abbe

Marguerite Namara

Marguerite Namara © James Abbe

Mary (Ryan) Nash

Mary (Ryan) Nash © James Abbe

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford © James Abbe

Dora Duby

Dora Duby © James Abbe

Selena and Josephine Royale

Selena and Josephine Royale © James Abbe

Spinelly

Spinelly © James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters

The Dolly Sisters © James Abbe

Ann Harding

Ann Harding © James Abbe

Dolores Wilkinson

Dolores Wilkinson © James Abbe

Elissa Landi

Elissa Landi © James Abbe

Eve Curie

Eve Curie © James Abbe

Gilda Gray

Gilda Gray © James Abbe

Gladys Cooper and Ivor Novello

Gladys Cooper and Ivor Novello © James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters

The Dolly Sisters © James Abbe


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