Friday, February 01, 2002

Hollywood Downside Up - a new Hollywood photography essay featuring free desktop wallpaper pictures of Hollywood

Frank Sinatra wall mural in Hollywood near Hollywood and VineA long time dream of mine was to put together a photography series of Hollywood from a less glamorous perspective. Since I've been working at the Pantages, on Hollywood and Vine, I finally found the time to strap on the camera and walk around to most of the spots I've been looking at for a long time. Hollywood is full of contrasts, to put it mildly, and I think I've captured some of them here. These photographs have been sized as desktop wallpaper pictures, as part of our now quite large collection of free desktop wallpaper from around the world. Or, you can download and print the postcard quality versions. Enjoy.

Here's some quotes about Hollywood:
"My God, almost anything we do here will be an improvement."
- John Barrymore, scouting a hilltop home in 1915Capitol Records Building in Hollywood near Hollywood and Vine

"Hundreds of acres abounded with orange and lemon groves - a heaven on earth."
- Frances Marion

"The most important deals in the movie industry are finalized on the sun-drenched turf of golf courses or around turquoise swimming pools, where the smell of barbecue sauce is born on gentle breezes and wafts over the stereo system of houses that people seldom leave."
- Shirley MacLaine

"I've been to Paris France and I've been to Paris Paramount. Paris Paramount is better."
- Ernst Lubitsch

"Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation."
- Orson Welles

"Its idea of "production value" is spending a milion dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler."
- Raymond Chandler

"In Beverly Hills . . . they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows."
- Woody Allen

"Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars."
- Fred Allen

"You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough."
- Joseph E. Levine

"Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents."
- Marilyn Monroe

"Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation."
- Walter Winchell

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