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Photographer Ernest Bachrach

From the estate of Ernest A. Bachrach offered here were produced under special circumstances from the personal collection of mater prints intended for exhibition at the RKO galleries. All were hand-printed by the photographer on specially toned bromide paper, and are unique. Bachrach exerted complete artistic control from the inception of each portrait sitting to the finished print, and custom printed most the gallery photographs that bear his credit.

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of actresses by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. master print (1), and silver-gelatin studio prints (2 single-weight, 1 double-weight) of (respectively) Maureen O’Hara, Michele Morgan, unidentified and Peggy Dow; from the personal collection of the photographer. Peggy Dow is numbered in the negative “SG 5400- P65” (for I Want You, RKO 1952).

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of actresses by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. master print (1), and silver-gelatin studio prints (2 single-weight, 1 double-weight) of (respectively) Maureen O’Hara, Michele Morgan, unidentified and Peggy Dow; from the personal collection of the photographer. Peggy Dow is numbered in the negative “SG 5400- P65” (for I Want You, RKO 1952).

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of actresses by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. master print (1), and silver-gelatin studio prints (2 single-weight, 1 double-weight) of (respectively) Maureen O’Hara, Michele Morgan, unidentified and Peggy Dow; from the personal collection of the photographer. Peggy Dow is numbered in the negative “SG 5400- P65” (for I Want You, RKO 1952).

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of actresses by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. master print (1), and silver-gelatin studio prints (2 single-weight, 1 double-weight) of (respectively) Maureen O’Hara, Michele Morgan, unidentified and Peggy Dow; from the personal collection of the photographer. Peggy Dow is numbered in the negative “SG 5400- P65” (for I Want You, RKO 1952).

Oversize exhibition portrait of Barbara Hale by Ernest A. Bachrach. Gelatin-silver matte 14 in. x 19 in. double-weight print of Barbara Hale by Ernest A. Bachrach, from his private collection. Custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. exhibition mat, and signed in red crayon by Bachrach on the print. For fans of her much later work in TV’s Perry Mason, this may be the definitive shot to capture Hale’s quietly steaming sexuality.

Oversize exhibition portrait of Ingrid Bergman by Ernest A. Bachrach. Gelatin-silver matte 16 x 20 in. double-weight print of Ingrid Bergman for Notorious (RKO, 1946) by Ernest A. Bachrach, from his private collection. The photographer has perfectly distilled here the titillating dichotomy of Bergman’s character for Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of sexual frustration and self-sacrifice.

Ann Miller oversize exhibition portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless 10 3/8 x 13 in. double-weight print of Ann Miller, custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. presentation mat, signed and dated 1940 (with Deco accent) by Ernest A. Bachrach, and from his private collection. Numbered in the negative “AM-487C”.

Oversize exhibition portrait of Gloria Grahame by Ernest A. Bachrach. Gelatin-silver matte borderless 15 x 19 in. double-weight print of Gloria Grahame by Ernest A. Bachrach, custom-mounted to 16 x 20 in. presentation mat, and from his private collection. Breathtaking detail in the surface textures of skin, lips, and eyes is due to Bachrach’s painstaking and unique lighting skills.

Collection of (3) oversize gallery portraits of Helen Westcott by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (3) of a young blonde Helen Westcott (ca. 1940), from the personal collection of the photographer.

Collection of (3) oversize gallery portraits of Helen Westcott by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (3) of a young blonde Helen Westcott (ca. 1940), from the personal collection of the photographer.

Collection of (3) oversize gallery portraits of Helen Westcott by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (3) of a young blonde Helen Westcott (ca. 1940), from the personal collection of the photographer.

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of Janis Carter by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (4) of blonde starlet Janis Carter, from the collection of the photographer.

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of Janis Carter by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (4) of blonde starlet Janis Carter, from the collection of the photographer.

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of Janis Carter by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (4) of blonde starlet Janis Carter, from the collection of the photographer.

Collection of (4) oversize gallery portraits of Janis Carter by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master prints (4) of blonde starlet Janis Carter, from the collection of the photographer.

Cary Grant oversize gallery portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master print of Cary Grant (ca. 1946, likely for Notorious), from the personal collection of the photographer, and with his embossed blindstamp at lower right.

Orson Welles oversize gallery portrait by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. parchment master print of Orson Welles, likely as general publicity for Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941); from the personal collection of the photographer. An uncommonly pleasant expression for “the boy wonder” of RKO.

Orson Welles oversize gallery portrait for Citizen Kane by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte 11 x 14 in. double-weight master print of Orson Welles with pipe for Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941), from the personal collection of the photographer. This is one of the most iconic, immediately recognizable and frequently reproduced portraits of Welles extant.

Collection of (4) oversize exhibition portraits of Dolores del Rio, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and one other, by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless double-weight prints (4) by Ernest A. Bachrach, ranging in size from 9 x 12 in. to 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 in., three of which are custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. photographer-signed presentation mats, and from Bachrach’s private collection. Includes: Dolores del Rio (2, dated 1931 and 1933); Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Collection of (4) oversize exhibition portraits of Dolores del Rio, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and one other, by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless double-weight prints (4) by Ernest A. Bachrach, ranging in size from 9 x 12 in. to 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 in., three of which are custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. photographer-signed presentation mats, and from Bachrach’s private collection. Includes: Dolores del Rio (2, dated 1931 and 1933); Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Collection of (4) oversize exhibition portraits of Dolores del Rio, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and one other, by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless double-weight prints (4) by Ernest A. Bachrach, ranging in size from 9 x 12 in. to 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 in., three of which are custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. photographer-signed presentation mats, and from Bachrach’s private collection. Includes: Dolores del Rio (2, dated 1931 and 1933); Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Collection of (4) oversize exhibition portraits of Dolores del Rio, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and one other, by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless double-weight prints (4) by Ernest A. Bachrach, ranging in size from 9 x 12 in. to 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 in., three of which are custom-mounted to 15 x 20 in. photographer-signed presentation mats, and from Bachrach’s private collection. Includes: Dolores del Rio (2, dated 1931 and 1933); Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Trio of oversize exhibition portraits of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless 8 1/2 x 11 in. double-weight prints (3) of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach, custom-mounted to approx. 15 x 20 in. presentation mats, and from his private collection. One is signed on mat by Bachrach, and dated 1933.

Trio of oversize exhibition portraits of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless 8 1/2 x 11 in. double-weight prints (3) of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach, custom-mounted to approx. 15 x 20 in. presentation mats, and from his private collection. One is signed on mat by Bachrach, and dated 1933.

Trio of oversize exhibition portraits of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach. Silver bromide matte borderless 8 1/2 x 11 in. double-weight prints (3) of Irene Dunne by Ernest A. Bachrach, custom-mounted to approx. 15 x 20 in. presentation mats, and from his private collection. One is signed on mat by Bachrach, and dated 1933.