DigitalFusion Captures and Enhances the Work of Pioneer Photographers Benjamin Strauss and Homer Peyton

Photographic images of celebrities have long captivated the curious and adoring. Talented photographers of the last century, like Yousuf Karsh, Andy Warhol, and Annie Liebowitz, have not only photographed the famous, but have, through thoughtful and creative composition, given the viewer an illuminating insight into their subjects.

The Cover of Strauss-Peyton: Celebrity and Glamour

The Cover of Strauss-Peyton: Celebrity and Glamour

Now in Strauss-Peyton: Celebrity and Glamour. Portraits From The Early 1900s (Sunswept Press, November, 2006), we get a glimpse of portrait photography in a most glamorous era-the first three decades of the twentieth century – by a collaborative team whose work has not previously been published in book form.

Photographers Benjamin Strauss and Homer Peyton, known simply as Strauss-Peyton, worked in Kansas City, Missouri, between 1908 and 1927, first photographing, then hob-knobbing with the likes of Al Jolson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fannie Brice, Mary Pickford, Enrico Caruso, Douglas MacArthur, and Bette Davis, to name just a few.

Mary Pickford, 1919

Mary Pickford, 1919

Strauss-Peyton had unrestricted access to movie stars, musicians, composers, and the rich and famous who toured or traveled to the renowned Orpheum Theater in Kansas City. The evocative portraits reflect one artist paying homage to another.

Charlie Chaplin, 1929

Charlie Chaplin, 1929

Strauss-Peyton: Celebrity and Glamour allows an opportunity to see the genius of two master artists working collaboratively during a fascinating period in American theater and cinema.

DigitalFusion worked closely with Stephen White to digitize this amazing collection using our fine art museum capture system. Each original was carefully lit and captured full size to exactly duplicate the original texture and quality of the vintage photographic prints made between 1908 and 1927.

Hugh Milstein of DigitalFusion was equally proud of the historical significance of the project – “Benjamin Strauss and Homer Peyton were way ahead of their time when they made these photographs. The dramatic lighting, use of printing paper, and subtle early retouching techniques makes these images American treasures. DigitalFusion was pleased to collaborate and help archive these timeless photographs.”

Photographers:Benjamin Strauss and Homer Peyton
Client:Stephen White Associates

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Stephen White Associates
Studio City, CA 818-755-1818