Irving Chidnoff did some of the most beautiful portraits, 3 I know of are signed, and this goes a long way toward explaining his choices.

Early in June 1931 Irving Chidnoff engaged in a widely published debate with John Held and Rolf Armstrong on the visual character of beauty in women. While Held and Armstrong championed the ideals of photogenic glamour as projected by Hollywood and embodied in the images of Greta Garbo and Evelyn Brent, Chidnoff demurred, “An exquisite face and a perfect figure mean nothing at all to me, if the spark of personality is lacking.” He confessed that he sought in a sitter a soul more than an image, desiring to see ”the brain which shines through the eyes and the character that is revealed by the poise of the head.” Chidnoff’s emphasis on the face and head in this declaration is mirrored in his photographic works.

Chidnoff’s studios were located at 469 Fifth Ave., 550 Fifth Ave., New York City and his body of work spans 1925-1948.

Agnes Moorehead and Patricia Reardon perform roles of Queen Elizabeth and the Princess on a radio broadcast of “March of Time”, c. 1937

Barbra speaks at pro-Israel rally at the Hollywood Bowl to raise emergency funds for Israel after the Six-Day War.

June 11, 1967.

Agnes Moorehead │ How the West Was Won, 1962