Clarence Bull

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Clarence Sinclair Bull (May 22, 1896 – June 8, 1979) was a portrait photographers who worked for the movie studios during the "Golden Age of Hollywood". He was head of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer stills department for nearly forty years.

Original studio publicity photo of Greta Garbo for film Ninotchka
Publicity photo for film The Barretts of Wimpole Street taken by Clarence Bull
American actress Lynne Carver - publicity still taken by Clarence Bull


Clarence Sinclair Bull was born in Sun River, Montana in 1896.[1] His career began when Sam Goldwyn hired him in the year of 1920 to photograph publicity still shots of the stars in the studio. When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded in the year of 1924, Clarence Bull was appointed to be the photographer publicity stills of the studio's stars. He is mainly popular for his photographs of Greta Garbo during the years of 1926-1941. Clarence Bull's first portrait of Garbo was a costume study for the Flesh and the Devil, and it was photographed on September 1926.[2]

Bull was able to study with the great Western painter, Charles Marion Russell. He also served as an assistant cameraman in the year of 1918.[3] Bull was skilled in the areas of lighting, retouching, and printing.[4] Clarence Bull was commonly addressed as C.S. Bull.[5]

Clarence Bull died on June 8, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, aged 83.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Clarence Bull". Hollywood Grave Hunter. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Clarence Sinclair Bull - The man who shot Garbo". Garbo Forever. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clarence Sinclair Bull (American, 1895-1979)". ArtNet. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Great Hollywood MGM Photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull". Vintage Movie Star Photos. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "About Clarence Sinclair Bull's Life". Andrew Weiss Gallery. Retrieved July 25, 2013.