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Character portrait from "Long Voyage Home" movie exhibited by Academy 1940

on Friday, 07 October 2011. Posted in News

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Ned Scott's character photography in a 1940 exhibit curated and mounted in their building in Hollywood, California. The exhibit was called "Stars in Camera Art". I only discovered this mounted 11 x 14 Academy print very recently, and it was offered for sale. I knew that my father worked director John Ford's film "The Long Voyage Home", the origin of this print, but I never knew that one of his character photographs from the film would become the subject of such high level acclaim by the film industry. This item was never discussed around the house when I was growing up, and it should have been. What I learned as a young boy, long after my father left the business, was that his work was outstanding but it yielded little personal reward. No breaks came his way. This fine display print, kept so well over 71 years, shatters that myth. Proof now exists that he had the respect of his peers early in his career. It's about time.

The subject matter of this display photograph is "Cocky", the sometimes irascible but always lovable mess steward aboard the merchant vessel SS Glencairn. Actor Barry Fitzgerald played the part. Ned Scott captured these qualities perfectly in his portrait study of Fitzgerald's character. Ned Scott's dramatic flair lent gravity and purpose to the character portrayal. Lighting was soft and frontal with little background except a dark slate which sets off the white jacketed uniform of the mess steward. The black tie which Cocky is adjusting in a cranky gesture harmonizes with the black background of the photograph, linking the forms together in a eye-pleasing whole. The overall effect of the actor's gestures and facial expression is emphasized by the interaction of white forms and black forms manipulated by Ned Scott. One tends to remember this photograph long after viewing it.

Film directors photographed by Ned Scott in 1930's and 1940's

on Thursday, 03 November 2011. Posted in News

It was inevitable that Ned Scott would find his camera turned in the direction of a film's director at some point during the movie production. I do not believe that film directors as a group were shy about this kind of activity, but some were less reluctant than others to greet the other end of the camera. Ned Scott's often unscripted and even casual photographs which included film directors with their actors and other cast and crew members became excellent documentations of the film making process. I have tracked a number of these photographs in my research and I am always on the hunt for more. To my surprise, I have discovered that several of these photographs have been published in books of the genre over the years. Each time Ned Scott was correctly credited as the creating photographer. Ned Scott's first director photograph caught Fred Zinnemann on the job in Alvarado, Mexico for "Redes" film. The earliest known Hollywood photograph of a director occurred in 1935 with "Spring Night", Ned Scott's first Hollywood film production with director Tatiana Tuttle, known to everyone as "Tania". Others have been logged and filed in the archive, some Ned Scott saved himself and others I have purchased during research. These include Tay Garnett from "Trade Winds" , James Roosevelt from "Pot O Gold", John Ford from "Stagecoach" and "The Long Voyage Home", Zoltan Korda from "Sahara", Charles Vidor from "A Song to Remember", Fritz Lang from "Hangmen Also Die" and William Wellman from "A Story of G.I. Joe". All of these say something important about each director, and because of that, they are worth documenting as a photograph type. They also relate important aspects of the relationship between director and the cast members. Notice the relaxed intimacy on display in this image of Charles Vidor who directed "A Song to Remember" in 1944. My own personal favorite director photograph is the one of Fritz Lang on the set of "Hangmen Also Die".

director Charles Vidor from "A Song to Remember"

Director Charles Vidor, flanked by Cornel Wilde and Merle Oberon from "A Song to Remember" 1944 by Ned Scott