40 Glamorous Photos of Classic Beauties Taken by A L “Whitey” Schafer in the 1930s and ’40s

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Born 1902 in Salt Lake City, Utah, American photographer A L “Whitey” Schafer moved with his family to Hollywood around 1917. He joined Famous Players-Lasky to work in the stills laboratory, processing prints in 1921.

Classic beauties taken by A L “Whitey” Schafer in the 1930s and ’40s
In 1923, Schafer joined the Thomas Ince Studio, where he shoots stills and occasionally appears in movies. In a 1948 Popular Photography article he recalls, “That was in the days when everybody on the lot was called on to act at times. When we weren’t shooting pictures, we were doing ‘walk-ons’.”

In 1932, Schafer moved to Columbia. In 1935, he succeeded William Fraker (father of “Bud” Fraker) as head of Columbia’s stills photography department, and replaced Eugene Robert Richee as head of Paramount’s stills photography department in 1941.
A L “Whitey” Schafer is considered a leading stills photographer in Hollywood during the 1930s and ’40s. He died in 1951 at the age of 49 when a stove aboard a yacht explodes as he tried to help the owner light it.
These glamorous photos are part of his work that Schafer took portraits of classic beauties in the 1930s and 1940s.
Ann Sothern, circa 1930s

Constance Bennett, circa 1930s

Jean Parker, circa 1930s

Paulette Goddard, 1930

Loretta Young, 1931

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