Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Very Cheerful, Chandleresque Noir Noel!

"The Ravenswood" / L.A. penthouse residence of May West 
from the early 1930s

Sunday, Dec. 20th -7:30pm / 8pm - 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles
Tune in to Molly Barnes PBS Radio Broadcast "ART NEWS" featuring photographer Jim McHugh and his current NY Exhibition "Let's Get Lost," Architecture and the Silver Screen.

This is a photograph of mine published by Los Angeles Magazine last year. An interesting sidebar - the Ravenswood was actually built by Paramount Pictures to house visiting actors, writers, directors etc. It's well known that Mae West lived there, but apparently Eva Gardiner, Clark Gable and many other celebrities did as well. My wife Johnna and I lived in the Ravenswood in the mid-1980s. The Ravenswood is certainly one of the most familiar and iconic examples of Los Angeles Cinematic Architecture. I keep returning to photograph it. This is another print from my files done a few years ago on Polaroid T-55. MOODisima!

These photographs will be represented at the L.A. Art Show in January by Timothy Yarger Fine Art. All the works chosen will be from  "Let's Get Lost." It's exciting  going through these Los Angeles pictures. When sometimes I think "That It!" The city will always give up yet another hidden surprise!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Steve Tyrell Celebrates 5 years at The Cafe Carlyle!

Steve Tyrell at the Cafe Carlyle performing his classic CD-" STANDARD TIME" which celebrates it's 10 anniversary. Steve's also marks his 5th year at the Cafe Carlyle for the Holiday engagement! He sang the 3 McHugh songs from the album, "I'm in the Mood for Love," "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love,Baby."                                                                                                              

While shooting these pictures I heard some one next to me whisper  "I Like your style!"  I looked over to see sports photographer Neil Leifer, Tyrell's other great photo buddy!

 With me were MC Marden / People Magazine / Time Inc. veteran, as well as sculptor Joel Shapiro and his wife and artist Ellen Phelan. The Music- Art-Photography Night! Joel visited the Louis Armstrong Museum in Queens that afternoon. He knows all the standards by heart!

Steve sang 3 encores, they wouldn't let him go!!

Pat Riley showed up after Madison Square Garden

See Steve Tyrell at the Cafe Carlyle through New Year's Eve.  FYI. Book's packed everynight. We went on a Wednesday and there wasn't an empty seat..

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let's Get Lost / Newest Photo Exhibit by Jimmy McHugh III

Jimmy McHugh's grandson, photographer Jim McHugh (Architectural Digest) has a new book and photography Exhibition titled after the iconic standard "Let's Get Lost."  The photographs depict a moody, Chandleresque Los Angeles. The works are an homage to his grandfather and Hollywood as the vintage Cinema Capitol. The songwriter and lyricist Dorothy Fields traveled there after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Many Broadway Theaters  were closing and the daring McHugh and Fields set off to  Hollywood to try their hands at writing songs for the movies! 

  Photographer Jimmy McHugh III and friends at the                   "Lets Get Lost" Opening Night reception                click for more pictures

Pictures from the exhibit are in the Permanent Collection of the George Eastman House.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jim McHugh in Miami@ Art Miami

Timothy Yarger Fine Art 
Tim Yarger and Elizabeth Yochim

Included at Miami is the new edition of "Lets Get Lost" available on on

Last minute installation issues the morning before the opening night Vernissage.

 " Washington Boulevard" and "Modern City" on view at Timothy Yarger Fine Art
with "The Orpheum Theatre" and " "The Ojai."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Let's Get Lost Exhibition: Brooklyn Dec 3rd @ Farmani Gallery

Let's Get Lost Exhibition
Opening Thursday, December 3rd. 6p-8:30pm

Artist's Open Forum with Jim McHugh
Saturday December 5th, 1-6pm

Show December 3rd, 2009 through January 16th, 2010

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kelsey and Camille Grammer at Home.

 It was such a fun photo shoot. Kelsey and Camille always put you at ease with their humor and easygoing personality. They always make you feel so welcome. I shot these last month for the December issue of Architectural Digest. I used the Nikon D3x which I think produces about the best native file color of any camera.  Incidentally, no strobe for these, we used the California SunBounce reflector system which you can maneuver very quickly.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carole Marks Interview

Carole Marks interviews me about my Grandfather's career as a songwriter and about my upcoming show, at the Farmani Gallery in Brooklyn,  December 3rd.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Manny Pacquiao at Wildcard Boxing Club

Press Day at Wildcard, Everyone was there. The Gym was absolutely packed with photographers, sports writers and media of every kind. Mickey Rourke showed up to give support to Manny and old friend Freddie Roach.  The girls from Tecate Beer were there and quite popular, I might add. It was really a lot of fun.

Monday, October 19, 2009

David Hockney in Yorkshire

I had the great privilege of visiting David Hockney at his studio in Yorkshire in late September. His new paintings will be on view in NY opening this Friday the 23rd. of October at Pace Gallery.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Steve Tyrell at the Catalina in Hollywood

Had a really great time seeing Steve Tyrell at the Catalina..'Standard Time' is such a perfect CD for the American Songbook. Steve and Bill Claxton were very best friends, Steve performed at Bill's LA County Museum Memorial. Photography and Music have always been close friends.
Wouldn't you know, my D300 batteries were undercharged and I finished up with a point and shoot!

Steve Tyrell performing at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood, Ca Oct 15, 2009
He performed  a special 10th Annniversary show celebrating his first American Song Book CD
"Standard Time." The CD includes 3 Jimmy McHugh timeless classics," I'm in the Mood for Love"
"On the Sunnyside of the Street" and "I can't Give you Anything But Love,Baby!"

                      Joining Steve on stage last night was celebrated vocalist Robbyn Kirmsse

Steve Tyrell with grandson Jimmy McHugh III (left) and great-grandson Lee Newman (right)
who is also Eddie Cantor's great grandson.( maybe it's family night!?)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Feinstein at Carnegie and JIm McHugh interviewed about his songwriter Grandfather-Marylin Beck and Stacy Janel Smith

It's been interesting applying so many photography marketing ideas to a music catalog. My grandfather and I were very close, it seems only right to do all we can to make his music live on.
Michael Feinstein, Wesla Whitfield and Noah Racey's NY Tap Ensemble at Carnegie Hall for a special evening saluting the music of Jimmy McHugh songwriter of "I'm in the Mood for Love"- "On the Sunny Side of the Street"- "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" and many others. Author Alyn Shipton, Jim McHugh and Michael Feinstein talk about Jimmy McHugh and Alyn's new biography "I Feel A Song Coming On, The Music of Jimmy McHugh" available in bookstores and on

The National Ledger article is in the middle of the page.