Lot 190: Courtney Hafela, Extensive Photographic and Ephemera Archive

Courtney Hafela, Extensive Photographic and Ephemera Archive. Hafela was a pioneer of color photography in the 1930's, working with Eastman Kodak on the development of the Kodacrhrome process. Throughout the 1930's-1970's, Hafela was a noted fashion, advertising and performance art photographer in New York. He also worked as a film maker and producer. Along with his wife Blandine and Marlon Brando, Hafela explored the mambo dance scene in New York City. He directed and produced 1955's Mambo Madness, which the New York Post's Barry Gray described as "the best short subject of the year' and others have gone on to describe as "the first music video". Hafela retired to Hancock NH with his wife, where he exhibited his work and shared stories. The archive present includes hundreds of prints, contact sheets and related ephemera, including behind the scenes shots from Mambo Madness, original negatives and press clippings. Condition varies, see photos.

Price Realized: $450

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