Fryer was born January 21, 1898 in Springfield, Missouri. He began working as a photographer in 1924. When Warner Brothers and First National Studios joined operations in 1929, Fryer replaced Fred Archer as head of the new Warner-First National Stills Department. During the 1930s he took portraits of Dolores Del Rio, Kay Francis, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, George Brent among other Warner Brothers stars. Fryer left Warner Brothers in 1941, shortly before his death at age 46 on March 3, 1944.
Fryer is known for his detailed and complex eye for posing his subjects. He had a wonderful sense of modernist style and fashion. He made use of the art deco period's elegant shading and shadowing in black and white photography.
Dolores Del Rio
Here is one of Marion Davies that shows many details of the art deco period.
Olivia De Havilland
Here are some photographs of Fryer with his subjects:
With Bette Davis, who he photographed often.
With Jane Wyman
Here is an example of Fryer's embossed stamp:
This is the back of the photo of Davis and Fryer together listed and shown above.
An official back ink stamp.