Hollywood and the American West
Candid, intimate, and raw, the images showcase John R. Hamilton’s private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all times. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann Margaret, John Ford, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Costner, Madeline Stowe, and more. Hamilton began as a magazine photojournalist and achieved fame as a special photographer on films. The first movie Hamilton worked on was the cinematic classic, The Searchers, (1956). During his long career, Hamilton worked on approximately 77 films. Hollywood and the American West features 75 photographs by the celebrity photographer and includes a selection of John Wayne memorabilia from Wayne’s personal property. This exhibition is organized by John Wayne Enterprises, the John R. Hamilton Archives, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.