Lejaren A. Hiller

Lejaren Hiller Sr. / Lejaren à Hiller / John Hiller (3 July 1880 – 23 May 1969) was an accomplished American illustrator and photographer.

 

Born as John Hiller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he changed his name to Lejaren à Hiller when he moved from New York City. He studied painting and illustration at the Chicago Art Institute and travelled to Paris where he found work in a number of studios. By the early 1900s his attention turned to photography and he was widely regarded as the « creator of American photographic illustration ».

Hiller was known for dramatically staged tableaux. He would spend considerable time and effort in arranging the set and models, while an assistant took the photograph, making Hiller’s contribution more directorial than photographic. He was more interested in the final result than the means used to achieve it and is remembered for saying:

« If a man wants to strangle his wife and throw her in the kitchen sink, let him do it any way he wants to. If he’s doing it awkwardly, or not the way I’d do it, all right — it’s a good job so long as he gets her into the sink, completely strangled.« 

From 1927-50 Hiller was commissioned by Davis & Geck to produce the prints for a series of historic advertisements entitled “Sutures in Ancient Surgery,” and published in 1944 as “Surgery through the Ages”. Hiller used elaborate costumes, dramatic backdrops and lighting, and had half-clad models posing as patients. The images depicted a broad range from mediaeval and Aztec surgeons, to surgeons from ancient Egypt and India. The collection was widely acclaimed, and in 1937 won the Edward Bok Award for advertising. The originals of this series were donated to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hiller also created a series of photographic posters for the US Armed Forces during World War II.

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                                                                       Lejaren A. Hiller- Woman in Costume, ca. 1920

Lejaren A Hiller Woman in Costume,1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A Hiller Semi-Nude Woman In Costume Dancing 1920 positive, gelatin on glass

Lejaren A Hiller Semi-Nude Woman, Man In Costume Dancing 1920 positive, gelatin on glass

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A Hiller Woman in Costume,1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Nude Woman Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A Hiller -Nude Woman ith veil, 1920 positive, gelatin on glass

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller -Semi-Nude Woman in Costume and Pose ca. 1920

Lejaren A Hiller

Lejaren Hiller Sr. / Lejaren à Hiller / John Hiller (3 July 1880 – 23 May 1969) was an accomplished American illustrator and photographer.

 

Born as John Hiller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he changed his name to Lejaren à Hiller when he moved from New York City. He studied painting and illustration at the Chicago Art Institute and travelled to Paris where he found work in a number of studios. By the early 1900s his attention turned to photography and he was widely regarded as the « creator of American photographic illustration ».

Hiller was known for dramatically staged tableaux. He would spend considerable time and effort in arranging the set and models, while an assistant took the photograph, making Hiller’s contribution more directorial than photographic. He was more interested in the final result than the means used to achieve it and is remembered for saying:

« If a man wants to strangle his wife and throw her in the kitchen sink, let him do it any way he wants to. If he’s doing it awkwardly, or not the way I’d do it, all right — it’s a good job so long as he gets her into the sink, completely strangled.« 

From 1927-50 Hiller was commissioned by Davis & Geck to produce the prints for a series of historic advertisements entitled “Sutures in Ancient Surgery,” and published in 1944 as “Surgery through the Ages”. Hiller used elaborate costumes, dramatic backdrops and lighting, and had half-clad models posing as patients. The images depicted a broad range from mediaeval and Aztec surgeons, to surgeons from ancient Egypt and India. The collection was widely acclaimed, and in 1937 won the Edward Bok Award for advertising. The originals of this series were donated to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hiller also created a series of photographic posters for the US Armed Forces during World War II.

see the other article Here

Lejaren A.Hiller -Untitled- 1915-20s

Lejaren A.Hiller -Untitled- 1915-20s

Lejaren A. Hiller - Nu Voilé, vers 1920

Lejaren A. Hiller – Nu Voilé, vers 1920

Lejaren A Hiller, Woman in Costume, 1920

Lejaren A Hiller, Woman in Costume, 1920

Lejaren A Hiller - Semi-Nude Woman in Costume Seated, 1920

Lejaren A Hiller – Semi-Nude Woman in Costume Seated, 1920

Lejaren A Hiller -Vale ,1923

Lejaren A Hiller -Vale ,1923

Lejaren A Hiller -In Arcady By Moonlight - 1915 [Photogravure ]

Lejaren A Hiller -In Arcady By Moonlight – 1915 [Photogravure ]

Lejaren A Hiller Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller Devotion - Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller Devotion – Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller -The Wine of Columbine - Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller -The Wine of Columbine – Photogravure , 1915

Lejaren A Hiller “Bypaths in Arcady” (Kendall Banning)

Lejaren A Hiller “Bypaths in Arcady” (Kendall Banning)

Lejaren A Hiller - Double exposure, 1930s

Lejaren A Hiller – Double exposure, 1930s

 

Lejaren A Hiller- Unidentified woman, 1920

Lejaren à Hiller- Unidentified woman, 1920

 

Lejaren Hiller

Lejaren Hiller- The Morning Wind, Bypaths in Arcady, 1915 [Photogravure]

Lejaren Hiller- The Morning Wind, Bypaths in Arcady, 1915 [Photogravure]

Lejaren A . Hiller -Vale -1923

Lejaren Hiller -Vale -1923