My OBT

What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Through Abbe’s Eyes

9 Comments

abbe 0 Norma Talmadge

Norma Talmadge by James Abbe

These are the beautiful portraits of photographer James Abbe. Although he was born in a small town in Maine, he quickly became a citizen of the world when he began photographing the political power struggles happening around Europe at the turn of the 20th century. In between cataloging historical events including the Spanish Civil War and the Nazi rise to power, he would return to the States to make a name for himself as a glamour photographer, shooting some of the biggest the Broadway and movie stars of the time.

One of the things that made him most unusual and, eventually, so in demand, was his preference to photograph his subject backstage rather than in a studio. He then sold his photos to Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other iconic fashion magazines, increasing the exposure of his subjects.

His photos really feel like an insider’s view behind the scenes with some of the most fascinating people of the era.

Chorus Girls by James Abbe

Ballerinas by James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters by James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters by James Abbe

Unknown by James Abbe

Unknown by James Abbe

Lillian Gish by James Abbe

Lillian Gish by James Abbe

 

Anna Pavlova by James Abbe

Anna Pavlova by James Abbe

Betty Blythe by James Abbe

Betty Blythe by James Abbe

Dora Ford by James Abbe

Dora Ford by James Abbe

Rudolph Valentino and Wife Natacha Rambova by James Abbe

Rudolph Valentino and Wife Natacha Rambova by James Abbe

Gloria Swanson by James Abbe

Gloria Swanson by James Abbe

Mary Pickford by James Abbe

Mary Pickford by James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters by James Abbe

The Dolly Sisters by James Abbe

Unknown by James Abbe

Unknown by James Abbe

Chorus girls by James Abbe

Moulin Rouge Chorus Girls by James Abbe

Louise Brooks by James Abbe

Louise Brooks by James Abbe

Charlie Chaplin by James Abbe

Charlie Chaplin by James Abbe

 

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

9 thoughts on “Through Abbe’s Eyes

  1. Terrific images. I love the high key nature of photos from this era. It must have been a weird feeling for Abbe to be switching between documenting conflicts and then portraying the famous and glamorous.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Love these photos. This are the photos that inspired me to fall in love with black and white images.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love these photos of glamour and glitz. Wasn’t Valentino’s wife beautiful?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Creative Juice #334 | ARHtistic License

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.