JHP Paddle 8 Auction features Iron Eyes Cody by Ron Jaffe
Iron Eyes Cody Portrait by Ron Jaffe
By Jackie Augustine – December 4, 2014
Iron Eyes Cody was most known to the American public for his role as the man who played the Indian that sheds a single tear for a blighted American environment in “Keep America Beautiful” ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.
Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or “Oscar” DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from “DeCorti” to “Corti” to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker, and together they adopted two Indian sons, Robert and Arthur. Iron Eyes Cody lived and worked as an Indian for all his adult life; he labored for decades to promote Native American causes, and was honored by Hollywood’s Native American community in 1995 as a “non-Native” for his contribution to film. He was born on April 3, 1907 and passed away of natural causes on January 4, 1999,
About the photographer: Ron P. Jaffe
Ron. P. Jaffe is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. By 1974 he was teaching photography at the University level as professor of photography at Chapman College – World Campus Afloat, aboard ship traveling to South America, Africa and Europe. Prior to 1974 Jaffe was involved doing fashion publicity shots for fashion designers including Barco of California, Jag Swimwear, and DeWeiss, along with taking portraits of federal politicians and shooting commercial ads. He then got a job in glamour industry for two years and was published in high profile magazines: Club, Gallery, Penthouse, etc. Jaffe entered into a long term contract with a company known as Elson Alexandre in Los Angeles in 1977 – shot Corporate Executives, Doctors, Attorneys, Judges and family portraits for 20 years shooting more than 37,000 portraits casual and formal. http://ronjaffe.com/bio/
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