Gene Trindl

Gene Trindl

2003 Honoree: Outstanding Achievement in Portrait Photography


Heri Cartier-BressonGene Trindl still lives in his hometown of Los Angeles. He grew up the all-American boy—first a Boy Scout and then serving in the Air Force. As a young man, he went to Woodbury College and taught at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

His subjects are the faces of Hollywood. His photographs and portraits are as legendary as the famed celebrities that he has captured on film for nearly half a century. Often described as amusing and yet sentimental, his photographs provide an artist’s personal and intimate look at the people who made Hollywood.

Trindl has placed photographs in nearly all of the great magazines of the last century, including Life and the Saturday Evening Post. He is best known for his work for TV Guide, where Trindl is responsible for more than 200 covers and upwards of 600 assignments, a record for the publication. Trindl has also shot cover photographs for numerous record albums, from the Partridge Family, “Christmas Card” to Alice Cooper’s, “The Essentials.”

Trindl’s roster of portrait subjects reads like a who’s who of the rich and famous and includes notables such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Jack Benny, George Burns, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Wells, Raymond Burr, Red Skelton, Henry Fonda, and Fred Astair. His work has been showcased by the Photographic Guild International and the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.

His one-man show, “Hollywood: the ’50’s and ’60’s” has been viewed by thousands across the United States, lending him recognition as the master of the celebrity photograph.

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