1940. Very Good+. Identified as probably taken in the 1930s, but more likely in the 40s or 50s, these images are strongly influenced by the photographic method of lighting and composition of William Mortensen. One of the photographs is direct mimic of Mortensen's image titled "Betty" from 1936 of a woman glancing sideways with a decorative headpiece. The other images harken to Mortensen's work: Salome and Eve, and even Hollywood nude glamour [topless woman in furs]. As the photographs are unmarked, it is difficult to gather any provenance, yet they appear to be not printed or taken by Mortensen himself, as they don't exhibit his signature photoengraving technique or other markings. They do however, illicit similar lighting and poses like he would have instructed in his various books on photography techniques. They also seem like test proofs from the negatives, cut from the proof sheets. The images are clearly from someone who had access to a proper studio, equipment, and wardrobe, perhaps a student of his or another photographer crafting their own experience from Mortensen's highly technical skills. Small collection of six black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring approximately and variably 3x4", in excellent condition, mounted with corners on acid free board. Two images are cropped/marked with pencil, and a single image shows water droplet in corner, otherwise in superb condition.
(Inventory #: 9968)