Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GEORGE PLATT LYNES / photographer

Back in November of 2009, the very early days of this blog, I posted a photo by George Platt Lynes. I recently realized that I had not featured any of his other work. Lynes supported himself with portrait photography for the socially prominent and fashion work for leading magazines, but those assignments didn't hold his interest over time. In fact, before his death in 1955 at age 48, he destroted most of his fashion work, the very photographs that had made him famous. His real passion was the male nude, a pursuit he began as early as 1929. In view of prevailing laws and social climate, it was a daring undertaking. Lynes interest in male nude photography continued for over two decades even though few of these pictures were exhibited during his lifetime.


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