Surreal Vignette by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Ruth Ford (1911-2009) was an American model and stage and film actress. As a model she posed for Harper’s, Town and Country and Mademoiselle. She was best known for the salon she created at her beautiful, art-lined Manhattan apartment, frequented by the likes of William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol (source).

Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Plant Still Lifes by Horst P. Horst (1945)

Horst P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer. Horst is best known for his photographs of women and fashion, but is also recognized for his photographs of interior architecture, still lifes, especially ones including plants, and environmental portraits.

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Horst P. Horst Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke), 1945 via

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Horst P. Horst Victoria Regina Agave, 1945 via

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Horst P. Horst Aednium Holochrrysum, 1945 via

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Horst P. Horst Richardia Africana, New York, 1945 via

Stunning Photos of Classic Sailing Yachts by Frank Beken

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Frank Beken Sailing Yacht Candida Leading, 7th August 1930 via
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Frank Beken Sailing Yacht Cambria, 1930 via

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Sailing Yacht Westward, August 1932 via
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Frank Beken J Class Sailing Yachts Britannia, Astra, Shamrock V, Candida & Velsheda, 1934 via
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Frank Beken Sailing Yacht Britannia, Astra, Shamrock V, Candida & Velsheda, 1934 via
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Frank Beken Classic Sailing Yacht Endeavour, 1934 via
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Frank Beken Sailing Yacht Astra & Shamrock 4, 1934 via
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Sailing Yacht Astra & Shamrock 4, 1934 via
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Frank Beken Sailing Yacht Velsheda, 1936 via

Two Portrait Compositions by Florence Henri (1931)

Florence Henri (1893 – 24 July 1982) was a photographer and artist. She grew up in Europe and studied in Rome, where she met the Futurists, and in Berlin, then in Paris with Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant, and finally at the Dessau Bauhaus before returning to Paris where she started with photography. Her work includes experimental photography, advertising, and portraits, many of artists.

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Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931 via

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Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931 via

Beautifully Documented 1950s Fashion and Glamour by Slim Aarons

American photographer Slim Aarons (1916 – 2006), was an noted for photographing socialites, jet-setters and celebrities.

Aarons never used a stylist, or a makeup artist. He made his career out of what he called

“photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

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Slim Aarons ‘Tina Onassis’ Monte Carlo (Estate Stamped Edition) 1958 via

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‘Evening Dress’ by Slim Aarons Mrs. Augustus G. Paine II at the house of her father, Earl E. T. Smith, wearing an evening dress by Luis Estevez, USA, circa 1955 via

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‘New York Chic’ by Slim Aarons A young woman modelling a belted dress with pencil skirt, New York City, June 1953 via

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‘Exclusive Fashions’ by Slim Aarons Mrs T.R. Potter and Mrs Edward Magnus (right) in the Saks of 5th Avenue dress shop, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955 via

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‘Saks Fashion Show’ (Estate Stamped Edition) by Slim Aarons. An evening dress being modelled at a fashion show held by Saks of Fifth Avenue, New York. The audience, who are in evening dress, are also being wined and dined, 1955 via

Very Sophisticated Fashion Photography by Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action. His models were surrounded by local people in a market place in Marrakech, or in a village in Corsica, or – and above all – in his beloved Paris.

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Georges Dambier Marie Helene Arnaud the red fish Magazine Elle 1957 via

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Georges Dambier Girl umbrella Concorde Place via

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Sophie Malgat Litvak in Jacques Fath Coat, photographed by George Dambier for ELLE, 1953 via

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Portrait of Brigitte Bardot by Georges Dambier, 1954 via

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Georges Dambier Marie Helene Arnaud, Antibes Mirror  via

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Ivy Nicholson in Jacques Fath Dress, photographed by Georges Dambier for Nouveau Femina, 1954 via