Photographer/Perfect Human Robin Roemer’s New Hollywood Project

Long-time Autostraddle contributor slash calendar girl photographer slash A-Camp co-director slash all-around amazing person Robin Roemer has a new project that you’re probably going to fall in love with. Enter: The New Hollywood Project, an attempt to combine and contrast the glamour of old Hollywood with the stars of today’s new media stars, particularly Youtube stars. Here’s Robin’s artist statement:

As entertainment becomes more accessible and digestible, the stars of today become familiar to us, attainable in a way that celebrity has never been in the past.

The purpose of this project was to take today’s most familiar form of celebrity, the YouTube creator, and capture them in an analog way; shot on a 500cm Hasselblad on black and white film and lit with hot lights. The stars and starlets of glamorous Old Hollywood, who also lived in a new golden age of media, were immortalized in film; a process left behind by the digital age. I pay homage to the film lighting greatness of George Hurrell and celebrate the imaginative and enterprising spirit of the YouTube creator in this project all about contrast.

Seriously, this is a good example of a project that’s a phenomenal concept with equally phenomenal execution. Robin’s a genius, basically, is what I’m saying.

Here’s a tiny sample of the project!

photo by Robin Roemer

Hannah Hart, photo by Robin Roemer

photo by Robin Roemer

Kassem G, photo by Robin Roemer

photo by Robin Roemer

Grace Helbig, photo by Robin Roemer

Check out the full gallery here!


BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Robin will be presenting a gallery show of her work at Rebel’s Ark in Los Angeles on Friday, May 16 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.! Admission is free, but you have to RSVP in advance. You should totally go!

Grace Ellis has been writing and making hack-job graphics for Autostraddle since 2011 and is a co-creator and co-writer of the comic book series Lumberjanes. She is mostly an intern in name only. (Mostly.) She lives in Columbus, Ohio because why anything. Also, she wants to write the Black Widow movie and feels like if she just keeps telling people, eventually she will be allowed to do it. She has a Twitter and a Tumblr, both of which are pretty above average.

Grace has written 92 articles for us.

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