John R. Hamilton had a curious journey from Philadelphia to Hollywood. After serving as a Marine Sergeant in WWII and exploring a career in photo journalism upon returning home, he got his first big photo break shooting The Searchers with John Ford and John Wayne. The Johns forged a close bond, and went on together capturing the exquisite beauty of American Western film.
As famed creative Bruce Weber wrote in his 2003 book, Thank Your Lucky Stars, “(John's) photographs were intimate and sexy and no one captured our heroes in American cinema like he did.”
After capturing 77 films, over 300 magazine covers, and countless private sessions with Tinseltown icons, we are still discovering never-before-seen shots from his recently unearthed archives.
More than 100,000 images are currently being digitally archived in his expansive collection of original negatives and vintage photographer prints. Many will eventually become available for purchase via special edition releases, with the next batch arriving early 2019. Sign up below to be first in line for new arrivals and announcements!