Atelier Willinger

Laszlo Willinger Sun of Maurus Wilhelm Willinger  &  Margaret Willinger, Austro-Hungarian photographers who are best known for their portraits of actors of the early silent film era in Berlin.

László Josef Willinger was a Jewish-German photographer, most noted for his portrait photography of movie stars and celebrities starting in 1937.

He was born on April 16, 1909  Budapest, Hungary . Willinger established photographic studios in Paris and Berlin in 1929 and 1931 respectively, and at the same time submitted his photographs to various newspapers as a freelance contributor. He left Berlin in 1933 when Adolf Hitler became chancellor, settling and working in Vienna, where he began to photograph such celebrities as Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Pietro Mascagni, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Max Reinhardt.

By the mid-1930s he was travelling through Africa and Asia before being invited by studio photographer Eugene Robert Richee to move to the United States.

He crossed into the United States at Mexicali, Mexico on December 20, 1937 and resided in Los Angeles, California.

After establishing a studio in Hollywood, California, Willinger became a frequent contributor to magazines and periodicals, providing magazine cover portraits of some of the most popular stars. Willinger was one of the first Hollywood photographers to experiment in the use of color.

In later years, shortly before his death, Willinger was accused of stalking some celebrities of the time, including Charlie Chaplin. An investigation into the matter led to the uncovering of thousands of personal pictures of the male comedy star ( source wilkipedia.)

All the photgraphy are undated, but we can make the hypothesis, since it has settled in viennia in which these date from this time around 1930

Atelier Willinger (Wien). Sonja Georgiewand nd_

 

Atelier Willinger (Wien).Mara Ziperowitz als Merkur 1925

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Cäcilie Lvovsky nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Dagny Servaes in Turandot , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Muna Libravic nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Anny Fey Moulin Rouge, Wien , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Else Köring

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Inge Epp., nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Adele Heid, dancer from Moulin Rouge , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Les Kervas

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Lily Damita , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Ly Astra nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) – Anna Bathy nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Karl Farkas in a scene with 2 girls. , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Ly Horki , nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) – Charlotte Ander nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) – Emmy Kosarynd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Alba Tiberio, nd

Atelier Willinger- Gertrud Bodenwieser 1930

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) – Edmonde Guy, nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Nina Payne 1928

Atelier Willinger, Wien- Nina Payne 1928

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Nina Payne was Mystery Dancer 1916

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Mill Silvano , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Margarethe Freudenreich Solo dancer of the Vienna Court Opera, nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) – Lore Wigand nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.)-Erna Carise., nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Adele Heid nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Christa de Vignos nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Hilde Wagener as Vasantasena at the Vienna Burgtheater nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Mia Lucka nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Ria Hellwein nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Janka Ladowska , nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Hilde Holger in Grotesk Charleston, nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Miquette Hirmer Members of the dance group Bodenwieser, nd

Atelier Willinger (Wien.) -Juita Fuentes in Madame Butterfly , nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) -Rita Walter, photomontge nd

Atelier Willinger,( Wien.) – Maria Orska nd

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random dance

Herman Mishkin- portrait of Anna Pavlova , nd

Sture Ekstrand Tre dansöser 1925

Sture Ekstrand Tree dansöser 1925

MADAME D’ORA DORA KALLMUS (1881–1963) ARTHUR BENDA (1885–1969) Bodenwieser-Schule, Vienna 1925 Vintage silver print

MADAME D’ORA DORA KALLMUS (1881–1963) ARTHUR BENDA (1885–1969) Bodenwieser-Schule, Vienna 1925 Vintage silver print

Anonyme- La danse des femmes, vers 1930- , Tirage cartoline ( Ebay)

Anonyme- La danse des femmes, vers 1930- , Tirage cartoline ( Ebay)

Arthur Benda, Der Tanz mit den goldenen Scheiben (The Dance with the Golden Disks), 1931 courtesy of the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna

Arthur Benda, Der Tanz mit den goldenen Scheiben (The Dance with the Golden Disks), 1931 courtesy of the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna

Byron Company - Two of Marion Morgan's dancers with flowing scarf, posing on rocks at the beach Rye, New York. 1920

Byron Company – Two of Marion Morgan’s dancers with flowing scarf, posing on rocks at the beach Rye, New York. 1920

Swinney ( source nypl) dancers partnering each other in mirror pose, 1920s

Swinney ( source nypl) dancers partnering each other in mirror pose, 1920s

 

Herman Mishkin- portrait of the Contortionist and Egyptian Dancer, Kyra, at the theathtre Winter Garden, 1920

Herman Mishkin- portrait of the Contortionist and Egyptian Dancer, Kyra, at the theathtre Winter Garden, 1920

James Edward Abbe – Danse

James Abbe (1883-1973) was an American photographer who moved to Paris in the 1920s after working in Hollywood and began focusing on fashion. His work was published in such magazines as American Vogue, Vogue France, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. Like many other fashion photographers of the time period many of his subjects were actors and his subjects included Fred and Adele Astaire, Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, and the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. In the 1930s he began photographing the Spanish Civil War and then continued to work as a photojournalist throughout World War II, and eventually took Josef Stalin’s first official potraits.

James Edward- Abbe untitled , 1920s

James Edward- Abbe untitled , 1920s

James Edward Abbe untitled (Kyra in Artists and Models) , 1920s

James Edward Abbe untitled (Kyra in Artists and Models) , 1920s

James Edward Abbe untitled (Kyra in Artists and Models) , 1920s

James Edward Abbe untitled (Kyra in Artists and Models) , 1920s

James Edward- Abbe untitled , 1920s

James Edward- Abbe untitled , 1920s

James Abbe - Anna Pavlova, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Paris - 1927

James Abbe – Anna Pavlova, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Paris – 1927

James Abbe

James Abbe Folies Bergère tableau vivant  spectacle des Ziegfeld Follies ( costumes designed by James Ben Ali Haggi)

James Abbe Folies Bergère « tableau vivant spectacle desZiegfeld Follies ( costumes designed by James Ben Ali Haggi)


James Edward Abbe The Dolly Sisters 1927

James Edward Abbe The Dolly Sisters 1927


James Abbe - Backstage, French and English girls at the Moulin Rouge, 1926

James Abbe – Backstage, French and English girls at the Moulin Rouge, 1926


James Abbe -Backstage at the Folies Bergère, Paris,1926.

James Abbe -Backstage at the Folies Bergère, Paris,1926.


James Abbe - Sisters G, 1920

James Abbe – Sisters G, 1920

 

Mareille Baum by Hans Natge, Berlin around 1915

Mareille Baum by Hans Natge, Berlin around 1915

Mareille Baum by Hans Natge, Berlin around 1915

Mareille Baum by Hans Natge, Berlin around 1915

John De Mirjian

John de Mirjian. Marguerite Agniel posing in a two-piece costume and matching turban 1929.

John de Mirjian. Marguerite Agniel posing in a two-piece costume and matching turban 1929.

John de Mirjian. Marguerite Agniel posing in a two-piece costume and matching turban 1929.

 »  John De Mirjian The Broadway glamour photographer’s short but brilliant heyday lasted six years, from 1922 until his death in a speeding roadster containing a mysterious woman in 1928. An extravagant personality given to gambling and womanizing, De Mirjian brooked no criticism of his taste or resistance to his desire, throwing temper tantrums during photo shoots if sitters failed to follow his directions.

In February 1927, Olga, his wife of a little over one year, sued for divorce, citing repeated physical abuse and being forced to labor at her husband’s studio round the clock. In her court testimony she revealed that the photographer cleared 25K$ annually, making his one of the most lucrative studios in the city. One reason for his financial success was his arrangement with Earl Carroll, impresario of ‘The Vanities,’ to photograph publicity for his revue, a show that pushed the envelope in the theatrical display of female flesh.

In 1925 De Mirjian became a photographic celebrity when newspapers covered his trial in which actress Louise Brooks sued to stop his distribution of risque photos taken of her in 1923 ( See these photography on the site Here). Brooks in the court claimed that a nude shoot was the publicity price every girl new to Broadway must pay. De Mirjian testified, ‘Have I not photographed a thousand others wearing maybe a shoe, maybe a hat, maybe a shawl. . . and not only the girls of the shows but the women of society as well.’

The bulk of De Mijian’s risque photography appeared on two magazines of the mid-1920s: ART LOVERS and ARTISTS AND MODELS. Modeled on Edwin Bower Hesser’s successful ARTS MONTHLY PICTORIAL begun in 1922, these soft paper monthlies featured shots of semi-nude showgirls in artistic poses.

In 1925 De Mirjian was supplying imagery for both magazines. It is interesting to observe that the Schubert Brothers, who sponsored the annual « Artists and Models » girlie revues on Broadway were rivals of Earl Carroll, De Mirjian’s principle employer. Yet their appreciation of De Mirjian’s mastery of drape shots and nudes overrode their disinclination to patronize an artist in the hire of a rival. Besides showgirls in drapes and society women in stylish dishabille, De Mirjian had a particular talent for ‘two-shots,’ portraits showing the interaction, usually romantic, of two persons. His career ended spectacularly on September 24, 1928, when his Peerless roadster careened off the Jerico turnpike, L. I., going 70 miles an hour. His passenger, a married actress, Mrs. Gloria Christy, survived and told authorities she was his half-sister. She was not.

John’s brother, Arto De Mirjian, who had assisted in the studio, took over the business. He kept it a going concern until 1950, surviving debt proceedings in the early 1930s and a merger with Nasib, the vaudeville and dance photographer shortly thereafter. Arto De Mirjian continued the studio’s documentation of Broadway productions and achievied in portraiture an expertise equal to that of his brother. He remained an active photographer in New York until about 1950 when he sold his archive to the Culver Service, moved to California, and set up a studio in the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.  »

Text by David S. Shields found on the marvelous dealer on Ebay grapefruitmoongallery

 

More about John de Mirjan on the site

I beginning with two Photography of Arto de Mirjian

Studio de Mirjian -Photography by Arto de Mirjan (John de Mirjian’s brother)

Studio de Mirjian -Photography by Arto de Mirjan (John de Mirjian's brother) - Miss Cornelia Rogers as mermaid from Flying High George White musical c. 1930

Studio de Mirjian -Photography by Arto de Mirjan (John de Mirjian’s brother) – Miss Cornelia Rogers as mermaid from Flying High George White musical c. 1930

Studio de Mirjian -Photography by Arto de Mirjan (John de Mirjian's brother)-Joan Kent,with pearls In Arthur Hammerstch's musical play, 1930

Studio de Mirjian -Photography by Arto de Mirjan (John de Mirjian’s brother)-Joan Kent,with pearls In Arthur Hammerstch’s musical play, 1930

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John De Mirjian – Untitled ( woman in stage costume with feather), 1920

John De Mirjian - Nu, 1920

John De Mirjian – Nu, 1920

John De Mirjian - Nu, detail, 1920

John De Mirjian – Nu, detail, 1920

John de Mirjian. Aysa Kass Premiere danseuse in flame of love

Baron (John De Mirjian) - Etude de nu, New York, 1920s.

Baron (John De Mirjian) – Etude de nu, New York, 1920s.

Baron De Mirjian - Nude , 1920s

Baron De Mirjian – Nude , 1920s

Baron De Mirjian - Nude with Long Shawl, 1920s

Baron De Mirjian – Nude with Long Shawl, 1920s

John De Mirjian - ETHEL DALE, 1920s

John De Mirjian – Ethel Dale , 1920s

John De Mirjian - Nu à la dentelle, New York, années 1920

John De Mirjian – Nu à la dentelle, New York, années 1920

John De Mirjian - Louise from the serie boudoir, 1920

John De Mirjian – Louise from the serie boudoir, 1920

John De Mirjian - Mildred Douglas, 1922

John De Mirjian – Mildred Douglas, 1922

John de Mirjian .Veiled Dancer circa 1920 gelatin silver print

Baron De Mirjian - Woman with Feather Costume, 1920

Baron De Mirjian – Woman with Feather Costume, 1920

John De Mirjian- flapper showgirls. 1920s

John De Mirjian- flapper showgirls. 1920s

John De Mirjian- Dancer in topless, 1926

John De Mirjian- Dancer in topless, 1926

John De Mirjian Gay Paree, 1925, dancers,

John De Mirjian Gay Paree, 1925, dancers,

John De Mirjian Geraldine Pratt, 1925-27

John De Mirjian Geraldine Pratt, 1925-27

John De Mirjian - Rose marie Haynes , published in the new Eve, 1926

John De Mirjian – Rose marie Haynes , published in the new Eve, 1926

John De Mirjian - Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian – Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian - Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian – Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian - Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian – Jean Yoder, 1926.

John De Mirjian Mabelle Swor, 1926

John De Mirjian Mabelle Swor, 1926

 

John De Mirjian Mabelle Swor, 1926

John De Mirjian Mabelle Swor, 1926

John De Mirjian- Allenova Varola, 1922-28 , (Broadway, Manhattan)

John De Mirjian- Allenova Varola, 1922-28 , (Broadway, Manhattan)

 

John De Mirjian Anita Pam, 1928

John De Mirjian  ( probly arto ) Anita Pam, 1928

John De Mirjian Nina Sorel, 1928

Studio De Mirjian (probably Arto) -Nina Sorel, 1928