Friday, January 13, 2017

Ylla: Famed Animal Photographer

BornCamilla Koffler
August 16, 1911
DiedMarch 30, 1955 (aged 43)
EducationBelgrade Academy of Fine Arts,
Académie Colarossi
Known forPhotography
MovementNature, animals

Ylla's life work of photographing animals inspired famous movie director and producer, Howard Hawks, so much that he had his script writer, Leigh Brackett, change the script to create one of the main characters based on Ylla for his blockbuster movie, Hatari!, starring John Wayne. Hawks said, "We took that part of the story from a real character, a German girl. She was the best animal photographer in the world." The movie character Anna Maria "Dallas" D’Alessandro is a photographer working for a zoo and was played by actress Elsa Martinelli.

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