The Los Angeles Empire Con is heading to the LAX Marriott on 6th – 8th December 2019 and the event will be publicly displaying for the first time images from the photo archive of Gary Kurtz.


This image is one of many that will be on display at a special exhibit at #Empirecon’s inaugural year. It was taken by the late Gary Kurtz during one of the original rehearsals for the climactic showdown between Sir Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and David Prowse (Darth Vader.)

This photo showcases the exclusive nature and rarity of the images photographed by producer Gary Kurtz during the production of the original Star Wars trilogy. Gary always had at least a couple cameras around his neck, one B&W and one color. As these photos are being restored directly from their original negatives, many of these iconic images have never been revealed to the public.

Other special exhibits will source from the Kurtz/Joiner Archive, the private collection of Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) to create a truly unique experience of rare and previously unreleased materials for guests to enjoy.

Don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

I’ve had the good fortune to see many of these images and – seriously – if you have any interest in the two films produced by Kurtz, and seeing candid images like these, never before seen, you need to be there.

The weekend of the show – if it follows the pattern of previous years – will also see the premier of The Rise of Skywalker. What better reason to be in LA? Hit Empire Con to celebrate the saga, then soak up the atmosphere of Episode 9 on the red carpet.