Category Archives: portrait

Iconic image of Hedy Lamar

Lamar was born in Austria to two Jewish parents (but she was raised Catholic) and married c. 1933 to a fascist (but not Nazi). Her husband was so controlling she had to flee from him disguised as a maid. Already famous … Continue reading

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Striking portrait, young woman, 1860

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Beatrice Rice Lee, c. 1920s, Canada

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Richard Avedon (Death and the Maiden)

He did a “playful” series for The New Yorker, with this model and skeleton. This one I liked. Here the Grim Reaper holds the mirror.

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Murray Korman, glamour shot

Nothing like 1930s glamour. This taken at the New York 1939 World’s Fair.

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Worker at Carbon Black Plant, 1942

It’s difficult to see many photos. Tonight it was pictures of the Depression and the tired dehumanized look of the Dust Bowl farmers, brave WWII pilots in training looking young and wistful and probably realizing they won’t live until 20. … Continue reading

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Maude Fealy by Lizzie Caswall Smith, ca. 1901

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Countess di Castiglione

Sorry to anyone who is actually following this blog as I haven’t posted much in a while being massively busy on a book project. But today I ran across this. Photo info: In 1856, Adolphe Braun published a book containing 288 photographs … Continue reading

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Tjebbe van Tijen, Chanel Smell of Death

See his very thoughtful discussion of Marilyn Monroe used by Chanel and Chanel’s history with antisemitism. Sort of ironic that Chanel, who planned to profit from Hitler, ended up using the image of a woman who converted to Judaism when … Continue reading

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José Manuel Ríos Valiente, Sesión Diversité – Folk

On this photo stream.

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