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John Wayne Rocks Short Shorts In This New Exhibit Of Vintage Hollywood Photos

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Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny (Photo by Phil Stern, courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)
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Over at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, they're paying homage to a late photographer who was famous for taking snapshots of the biggest stars of old Hollywood—from the likes of James Dean to Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando.

Some of these photos capture celebs in ways we don't usually get to see them. There's a photo of actor John Wayne, looking like a badass while he's smoking a cigarette wearing the shortest shorts around to a shocked Monroe, and Dean making a funny face.

"The Cinematic Eye" exhibit, which will run on Jan. 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be honoring photographer Phil Stern's life work. He died in December at the age of 95. Stern had an impressive resume: he was a still cameramen on films like Guys and Dolls and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, snapped photos for magazines like Vanity Fair and Life, and took portraits of everyone from Louis Armstrong to Joan Crawford.

It's fitting that the exhibit will run at the revamped Mack Sennett Studios since it first served as a silent movie studio when it opened in 1916. The studio teamed up with the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers (which Stern was a member of) and drkrm, an art exhibition space, to put on the show. In addition to Stern's photos, also on display will be works from the likes of Francois Duhamel, Anthony Friedkin, Melinda Sue Gordon, Brian Hamill, Wynn Hammer, Suzanne Hanover, Douglas Kirkland and Melissa Moseley.

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John Wayne (Photo by Phil Stern, courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)

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James Dean (Photo by Phil Stern, courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)

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Anita Ekberg (Photo by Phil Stern, courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)

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James Dean (Photo by Phil Stern, courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)
Mack Sennett Studios is located at 1215 Bates Avenue, Silver Lake, (323) 660-8466. "The Cinematic Eye" exhibit runs on Jan. 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5.