Movie Stills / Photography
Studio Stills are printed on an 8”x10” format using photographic paper and are intended to promote and publicize an upcoming film. Movie stills were typically located in the lobby or outside display areas of a movie theatre. Most were discarded or returned after being used. Stills are issued with several images which help depict the starring actors in costume and key scenes of the film.
Stills tend to have film and studio details along the bottom border. This means that the actual image must be reduced in size a little. This is often done proportionally (the left & right borders are wider) but may just be cropped at the top or bottom.
It is not always easy to tell if a photograph is original. Original Studio Stills tend to be very high quality showing a deep contrast of the use of black and white photography. 2nd generation or copies often have a blurriness to the edges, and the film code is often cropped in a manner which cuts part of the information off from the photo. The overall image of a reproduction can also appear slightly blurry.
Signs of ageing give an indication that it is an original still, but make sure that any signs of ageing, fading, folds or scratches don’t suddenly stop at the white border. If they do it’s almost certainly a reprint of an older still. Original photos often have a tanning or slight discoloration to the back when closely inspected.
The other clue is the type and quality of the paper that it is printed on. It’s hard to describe in words but you soon get a feel for the right paper and can then detect when any are printed onto cheaper paper. Some stills can also have the studio stamp or a typed note (snipe) describing the still, glued to the back.
Fan & Appearance Photos
Fan & Appearance Photos are images that were taken by non-professional photographers, usually when the actors made public appearance in costume. From 1966 until the mid-1990s, Adam West and Burt Ward routinely appeared at the Auto Show, State Fair, Circus, and other events in full costume where they would sign autographs and interact with the fans. Before the days of camera phone and the “selfie”, these memories were captured with standard 35 MM film cameras or Polaroid’s. Each photo is a one of a kind which captured that specific moment in time.
We are aggressively seeking movie stills, Fan, & Appearance Photos from the 1943, 1949, and 1966 Batman franchise.