Last year, I designed the office of Meher Tatna for her 2017-2019 term as President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 75 year old organization that hosts the Golden Globe Awards. Additions to the office included some of the many frames presented to the Foreign Press celebrating its generous grants program, and historic Golden Globe Awards artifacts that I found in storage during the HFPA’s 75th anniversary year.
Story by Gregg Kilday for the Hollywood Reporter
“Born in Mumbai, where her father was a liquor distributor and her mother a homemaker, Tatna came from India to the U.S. at the age of 20, on a one-way ticket with just $500 in her pocket, to study economics at Brandeis University. "But I hated economics," she admits, and having hung around the school's theater department, upon graduation she headed to New York, enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. "My parents were horrified," she laughs. "More because I was waiting tables part-time, and picking up people's dirty dishes was not for their daughter." When acting roles were hard to come by — "You really didn't see many minority actors on back then," she says — she discovered a new career writing about show business…” Photos by Damon Casarez
This summer I selected 500 photographs from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's treasure trove of unseen negatives and prints for their 75th Anniversary book on the history of the Golden Globe Awards.
I restored several damaged photographs from the 1940s and 50s including photographs of early Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association President Kira Appel and the future President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
I recreated a 1940s program cover and invitation and designed a 75th anniversary gold pin that was presented to the association's 90 foreign journalists.
BELOW: Hollywood Foreign Press Association: A History: 75 Years of the Golden Globe Awards // 1940s inspired invitation // 1944 replica program // Hollywood Foreign Correspondent's Association President Kira Appel presents a medal to Gary Cooper, 1948 // Ronald Reagan, Dick Powell, Corinne Calvet, 1952