Monday, March 14, 2011

Choosing the Right Illustrations

Posted by Picasa It's time to choose the illustrations for the biography I'm writing.  There are so many photos to choose from  -- thousands of portraits, movie stills, and personal photos. Mary Pickford's portraits are all beautiful, many of them back-lit to give her hair a halo-like appearance.

But in my opinion, it's the candid shots that are the most interesting. In the one above, she's obviously on the set, re-applying her lipstick, while someone holds a mirror for her.

Mary always liked to be photographed from the left, believing that was her best side. She was critical of her looks, claiming her head was too large for her tiny body. It's not something I've been able to see, any more than I can see the side of her face that she considered less than her best.

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