Portraits of Dale Evans, Louis Armstrong and Dwight Eisenhower

Dale Evans by Harry Warnecke, 1947 | Louis Armstrong by Harry Warnecke and Gus Schoenbaechler, 1947 | Dwight D. Eisenhower by Harry Warnecke and Robert F. Cranston, 1945 /  all color carbo prints / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

En Colores Vibrantes: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio

May 2, 2012 - January 12, 2013

Well before color reproductions and color snapshots became commonplace, pioneering photographer Harry Warnecke (1900–1984) and his associates at the New York Daily News’ Color Studio created brilliant, richly-hued portraits for the newspaper’s Sunday News magazine.

Mediante el uso de una cámara especial para una sola toma de su propio diseño, Warnecke empezó a producir imágenes a color para el Daily News en la década de 1930 utilizando la técnica demandante del proceso al carbón tricolor, una forma inicial de la fotografía a color. En el transcurso de varias décadas, Warnecke y su equipo fotografiaron a cientos de personas en las noticias, desde estrellas de cine y atletas populares, hasta líderes militares y funcionarios del gobierno.

Drawing from the NPG’s collection of large-format, tri-color carbo photographs originally created under the auspices of the Daily News, this exhibition will feature twenty-four celebrity portraits from the 1930s and 1940s including Lucille Ball, Jackie Robinson, Babe Didrikson, Gene Autry, Ethel Waters, Generals Eisenhower and Patton, and comedians W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy.

  • Edgar Bergen by Harry Warnecke, Robert F. Cranston, Gus Schoenbaechler / Color carbro print, 1948 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • Lucille Ball by Harry Warnecke and Robert F. Cranston / Color carbro print, 1944 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower by Harry Warnecke and Robert F. Cranston / Color carbo print, 1945 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke

  • Shirley Temple by Harry Warnecke and Lee Elkins / Color carbro print, 1938 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke

  • Jackie Robinson by Robert F. Cranston, Frank Livia, Bill Klein, and Harry Warnecke / Color carbro print, 1949 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • Dale Evans by Harry Warnecke / Color carbro print, 1947 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution