Ernest Bachrach was one of the most influential and admired of all the Hollywood portrait photographers. He headed the photographic department at Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) from its inception in 1929 until his retirement in the late 1950s.
“Portraiture is very closely akin to cinematography. The cinematographer has very little need for accessories in the making of close-ups; all he needs is a face and some lights and shadows. And that is all the portrait artist needs. Occasionally – but only occasionally – minor props are useful.” – Ernest Bachrach