Glenn Embree photographs
Scope and Contents
Contains photographic negatives, transparencies, and prints of various sizes. Subjects include landscapes, architecture, celebrity and other portraits, fashion, World War II, and advertisements for food and beverages, automobiles, boats, and technology. There are also 16mm film reels dealing with the same topics, especially landscapes and advertisements. Materials dated approximately 1940 to 1995.
- approximately 1940-1995
- Embree, Glenn (1913-1995) (photographer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Glenn Embree photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Biographical / Historical
Glenn Virgil Embree was born February 17, 1914 in Lakeport, California to Roy Virgil Embree and Eva Pearl Hendricks. He attended the University of California at Berkeley (USC), pursuing a major in art. He later studied motion picture photography and set direction at USC. He developed a passion for photography as a set designer at MGM and went to work at Paul Hesse Studios in the late 1930s. He married Phyllis Forbes Caspary on May 18, 1941, in San Gabriel, California. The following year, he joined the Air Force and served as a photo officer in China during World War II. He resumed his career in commercial photography at Hesse's upon his return in 1946. He later opened his own studio in Hollywood, where he was quickly recognized as a color portrait and fashion photographer, with work appearing in or on the cover of "Harper's," "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," and "Look." During his fifty year career in Hollywood, he photographed hundreds of motion picture, television, and recording celebrities for portraits and commercial endorsements. His commercial photography portfolio includes advertisements for automobiles, aircraft, food, fashion, entertainment, and architecture. In 1988, Glenn moved to southeast Idaho, where he continued to produce calendar photographs on classic automobiles, antique aircraft, barns, trains, and farm equipment. He died on February 20, 1995.
From the Collection: 50 boxes (13 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
- Advertising and Marketing
- Architecture -- Photographs
- Automobiles -- Photographs
- Boats and boating -- Photographs
- Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce
- Celebrities -- Pictorial works
- Embree, Glenn (1913-1995) -- Archives
- Fashion photography
- Food -- Pictorial works
- Landscapes -- Photographs
- Models (Persons) -- Portraits
- Science, Technology, and Health
- Social Life and Customs
- Sports and Recreation
- Technology -- Pictorial works