George Platt Lynes Silver Gelatin Portrait, Mid-20th Century
George Platt Lynes (American, 1907 – 1955)
Untitled (portrait), mid-20th century
Signed to lower right
Lynes was a talented fashion photographer and is best known for his portraits of celebrities, artists, and male nudes. After preliminary school, Lynes traveled to Paris and socialized with Man Ray, Gertrude Stein, and Julien Levy, among others. It was not until the late 1920s, after a short year at Yale University, that Lynes became interested in photography. He captured photos of his friends with inventive lighting and interesting poses. Thanks to his friendship with Levy, his work was exhibited and sold as fine art. Lynes served as the head of the Los Angeles studio for Vogue and photographed many celebrities such as Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, and others. When he returned to New York City, Lynes established his studio and focused on male nudes and chronicling the New York Ballet. Lynes’s archives are held in the collection of the Kinsey Institute. His photographs are highly collected and exhibited internationally.
- curling to sheet; minor toning; wear and minor staining to edges; abrasion to lower right.
- measures sheet; image measures 7.5" W x 7.5" H.