National Portrait Gallery opens "Photographs from the Harry Warnecke Studio"

artwork: Louis Armstrong by Harry Warnecke and Gus Schoenbaechler. -  Color carbro print, 1947. Image: 32.1 x 42.1cm. - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke© 2012 Daily News, LP (New York Daily News) NPG.94.43


WASHINGTON, DC.- Before color reproductions and color snapshots became commonplace, pioneering photographer Harry Warnecke (1903–1984) and his associates at the New York Daily News created brilliant, eye-popping color portraits for the newspaper’s Sunday News magazine. The exhibition, “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio,” featuring celebrity portraits shot for that publication, will open March 2nd and run through Sept. 9th. Drawing from the museum’s collection of photographs by the Warnecke Studio, this exhibition will feature 24 color carbro portraits from the 1930’s and 1940’s, including celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Louie Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, “Babe” Didrikson, Gene Autry, Ethel Waters, Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton and comedians W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy.