Rita Hayworth

George Hurrell
Rita Hayworth
Gelatin silver print, 1941, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.008
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In 1991 Hurrell told Jean Harlow biographer David Stenn that this portfolio portrait of Rita Hayworth was a last-ditch attempt to wring emotion from her. “She was gorgeous, but there was nothing else there. I had nothing to photograph, so I just told her to lie down. She fell into a pose like that, and so I shot her in profile.”