Original Autographed John Engstead Photo SIGNED
An exceptionally beautiful, high contrast and high quality John Engstead signed photo. He was an incredibly talented and famous photographer. This exquisite original photo of Judy Garland is an example why he was so highly sought after by the most rich and famous
Signed "To Buddy , With My Love, Judy Garland". An exceptional find for the Judy Garland or Selective Autograph Collector. Stamped on back “Photograph by John Engstead Beverly Hills”
Excellent condition, size 8x10”
John Engstead's Bio:
John Engstead (1912–1984) was an American photographer. Engstead began his career in 1926, when he was hired as an office boy by Paramount Pictures' head of studio publicity, Harold Harley
In 1927, Engstead pleased his boss by arranging a photo session for actress Clara Bow with photographer Otto Dyer using an outdoor setting which was unusual at that time. Engstead's creative direction of photographs of actress Louise Brooks led to a promotion to art supervisor, where he oversaw the production of Paramount's publicity stills.
In 1932, due to a strike by photographers, Engstead assumed the position of studio portrait photographer, despite having never previously photographed anyone. Actor Cary Grant posed for his practice shots. He returned to his job as art supervisor after the strike was resolved.
In 1941, Paramount Pictures fired Engstead, and Harper's Bazaar hired him for freelance advertising and portrait photography assignments. From 1941 to 1949, he took fashion photography assignments from numerous other magazines, including Collier's, Esquire, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, Life, Look, Mademoiselle, McCall's, Vogue, and Women's Home Companion.
In the 1940s, Engstead photographed many celebrities, including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Maureen O'Hara, and Shirley Temple. Unlike other photographers, he often shot his subjects at home or outdoors, and his portraits of a young Judy Garland in Carmel, California were particularly successful. During this decade, he built a studio in Los Angeles that became a gathering place for celebrities.
Engstead continued to photograph movie stars and other celebrities through the 1950s and 1960s. He produced promotional material for many television personalities, including Pat Boone, Carmel Quinn, Donna Reed, Ozzie and Harriet, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball. He also shot cover photos for albums recorded by singers such as Peggy Lee and Connie Francis, as well as society portraits. Engstead closed his studio in 1970 but continued to accept special portrait and television assignments until his death in 1984 at age 72