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John Wayne Photo Exhibit

Post Date:05/16/2017 2:12 p.m.

Newport Beach City Arts Commission and John Wayne Enterprises present “John Wayne – On Set with the Duke,” an exhibition of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton at the Newport Beach Public Library from May 26 to September 5, 2017.

Opening on May 26, which would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.

Curators for the exhibit are Amy Shepherd and Laurie Kratochvil.  The duo will talk about the photographs and their significance at a special visual presentation on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. Amy Shepherd is Vice President of John Wayne Enterprises and the Executive Director of the John R. Hamilton Archives, and Laurie Kratochvil is a photography dealer, appraiser, consultant and the Former Director of Photography for Rolling Stone Magazine and InStyle Magazine.

The images selected for the exhibition are from the collection of John R. Hamilton, a photojournalist who achieved fame as a special photographer on films.  He worked on some 77 films, many of them epic westerns starring John Wayne. His photographs herald back to the golden age of Westerns and evoke a sense of timeless grandeur. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew, and with his family. 

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