Clarence Sinclair Bull Self-Portrait 1940
Clarence Sinclair Bull (May 22, 1896 – June 8, 1979) was a portrait photographer who worked for movie studios during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He was head of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer stills department for nearly forty years.
Clarence Sinclair Bull was born in Sun River, Montana, in 1896. His career began when Samuel Goldwyn hired him in 1920 to photograph publicity stills of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio's stars. He is most famous for his photographs of Greta Garbo, taken during the years of 1926–41. Bull's first portrait of Garbo was a costume study for the silent romantic drama film Flesh and the Devil in September 1926.
Bull was able to study with the great Western painter, Charles Marion Russell. He also served as an assistant cameraman in 1918. Bull was skilled in the areas of lighting, retouching and printing. He was most commonly credited as "C.S. Bull."
Publicity photo for film The Barretts of Wimpole Street 1934
Una Merkel - publicity, 1934
Publicity still of Madge Evans, circa 1935
Original studio publicity photo of Greta Garbo for film Ninotchka, 1939
Hedy Lamarr, 1940
American actress Lynne Carver - publicity still, 1940
Van Heflin - publicity, 1941
Conrad Veidt, 1941
Judy Garland, publicity still, 1943
June Allyson - publicity, 1944
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