HOLLYWOOD BOWL MUSEUM PRESENTS
PICTURE PERFECT: PHOTOS OF
THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
BY OTTO ROTHSCHILD (1906-1981)
Exhibition Draws on the Artist’s More Than 10,000 Photos of the Iconic Outdoor Venue
Opens June 10, 2023
LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2023—The Hollywood Bowl Museum presents Picture Perfect: Photos of The Hollywood Bowl by Otto Rothschild (1906-1981) opening June 10, 2023. This is the first exhibition in the Museum’s history solely dedicated to the work and legacy of Otto Rothschild, a pioneering self-taught photographer who is responsible for some of the most memorable images in Hollywood Bowl history. The exhibition contains over 130 photographs and 26 artifacts, including some original cameras and personal possessions of Rothschild alongside two large murals.
Picture Perfect: Photos of The Hollywood Bowl by Otto Rothschild (1906-1981) will be on view through June 2024 and is organized into three themes: the photographer, the Hollywood Bowl, and the artists who performed there. Rothschild photographed nearly every world-renowned conductor, musician, dancer, actor and celebrity who stepped onto the Bowl stage during his career, and the exhibition draws on the more than 10,000 photos he took at the iconic venue.
“As the Hollywood Bowl 2023 summer season kicks off, it is wonderful to look back at some of the stunning images of LA’s iconic amphitheater and the artists who performed there,” said Laura Connelly, Vice President and General Manager of the Hollywood Bowl. “No visual history of the Hollywood Bowl’s first century is complete without Otto Rothschild’s images. The Hollywood Bowl Museum is always free for all visitors, and we encourage you to bring your family and immerse yourself in the Bowl’s beauty through the lens of this brilliant photographer.”
Otto Rothschild’s career began in 1932, taking photographs for a handful of clients, including the Hollywood Bowl. Rothschild is known for impeccable technique, an artistic eye and his eagerness to make a mark on Los Angeles. His photographs depict the city’s iconic venues, the glamour of the film industry, and sporting and political events. His rise to fame as a photographer is rooted in his stunning work at capturing the performing arts. He served as the official photographer of The Music Center from 1964, until a stroke in 1974; captured thousands of events at the Hollywood Bowl, Philharmonic Auditorium, as well as the Civic Light Opera, leaving behind an archive of nearly half a million images. Combining the things he loved most—photography, music and drama—Rothschild is remembered as a photographer who could get the best pictures not only because he had an impeccable technique, but, also, because of his sensitivity and ability to make his subjects, even the most finicky, comfortable.
Upon the founding of his business in 1937, the House of Rothschild, he expanded his client roster to include major U.S. corporations such as Standard Oil, Eastman Kodak Co., U.S. Steel, Reynolds Aluminum, Carnation, Phillips Oil, Transamerica, and both the Republican and Democratic parties. Rothschild is credited for pioneering the use of 35mm film in the LA area, utilizing a German-made Leica 1(A) almost immediately after it was released worldwide in 1925. This compact fixed-lens camera enabled him to take photographs anywhere. For his pioneering work in the field, he was honored with a life membership in the National Press Photographers Association in 1969.
MUSEUM HOURS AND ADMISSION
Admission to the Hollywood Bowl Museum is free.
Tuesday–Saturday: 10AM–show time
Sunday: 4 hours prior to show time
(Mid–September through June, exact dates variable by season)
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Please be advised that touring the Hollywood Bowl may be closed on specific days. If guests intend to visit the museum and wish to include this in their itinerary, we recommend that they contact either the museum directly or our Audience Services team for further information.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL MUSEUM
The Hollywood Bowl Museum is a celebration of one of Los Angeles' most historic landmarks - a venue that has played a major role in music and entertainment, and has helped shape the careers of some of the most famous performers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Museum opened in 1984 in what was originally the Tea Room. It was completely rebuilt as the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum in 1996 to provide a historical context for this iconic venue.
Located at the bottom of Peppertree Lane, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is the first building visitors see upon entering the grounds from Highland Avenue.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In June 2021, the Hollywood Bowl was awarded Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards. It was also awarded the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year award at the 31st Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 14 previous times, as well as Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. hollywoodbowl.com
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
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