The concept of glamor and, accordingly, photography in this style, is inextricably linked with the name of Herrell. In the late 1920s, Hurrell met actor Ramon Novarro and agreed to take some pictures of him. The actor liked the result so much that he showed them to Norma Sherer, who was just trying to get a role in the film. Collaboration with the actress gave rise to provocative photos uncharacteristic for that time, which led to the fact that Scherer’s husband offered Herrell a contract with MGM. Work in the studio did not last long, until 1932, when, after creative differences, Hurrell opened his own studio. It was in it that he took pictures of today’s legendary actors: Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and many others.
Nearly all of Harrell’s pre-war career consisted of celebrity shots, and all the shots systematically maintained the luxurious and sublime image that Hollywood created. However, in the 1950s, the requirements were very different, Harrell moved into advertising and worked in this direction for almost ten years. After the 70s, most of his legendary works were album covers. Albums by artists such as Tom Waits, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, etc. received covers created by the great Hollywood photographer’s camera.