Portraits by Amercian Photographer James Arthur (ca. 1900s)

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Woman with a miniature by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman at a piano by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman with a spinning wheel by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman looking in a mirror by James Arhur, c. 1900 via

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Woman with vase of flowers by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman wearing a plumed hat by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Seated woman drinking tea by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Woman on a tree trunk by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

Girls in Front of Mirrors by Lady Clementina Hawarden

Clementina Maude, Viscountess Hawarden, née Clementina Elphinstone Fleeming (1822 – 1865) commonly known as Lady Clementina Hawarden, was a noted English amateur portrait photographer of the Victorian Era.

She turned to photography in late 1856 or, probably, in early 1857, whilst living on the family estate in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A move to London in 1859 allowed her to set up a studio in her elegant home in South Kensington. There she took many of the characteristic portraits for which she is principally remembered. Many include her adolescent daughters Isabella Grace, Clementina and Florence Elizabeth. The furniture and characteristic decor of an upper-class London home was removed in order to create mise-en-scene images and theatrical poses within the first floor of her home. Hawarden produced albumen prints from wet-plate collodion negatives, a method commonly used at the time

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

A Collection of Portraits by Laure Albin-Guillot (1930s)

Laure Albin Guillot (1879 – 1962) was a French photographer. In addition to portraits of Paris celebrities, she covered a wide variety of genres and had a number of high-ranking positions. A retrospective of her work is being held from 26 February to 12 May 2013 at Jeu de Paume, Paris

Laure Albin Guillot exhibited in the 1920s, adopting a classical approach or French style rather than the avant-garde trends of the day. But it was in the 1930s and 1940s that her work dominated the photographic scene. She covered a variety of genres, everything from portraits and nudes to landscapes, still lifes and, to a lesser extent, journalism. A master of technology, she made use of the very latest methods of image production, perfectly suited to the requirements of publication.

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

A Collection of Photos Feat. Meret Opphenheimer by Man Ray (1930s)

Meret (or Méret) Elisabeth Oppenheim (1913 – 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim with a drawing by her self, 1936 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1934 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, rue Val de Grâce, Paris, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Opphenheimer via

Portraits of Hollywood Actresses by Albert Witzel (1920s)

Witzel Studios was founded in Los Angeles by photographer Albert Walter Witzel (1879–1929) in 1909 and within a few years had become one of the city’s foremost portrait studios.

The rise of the business paralleled the emergence of the film industry following its relocation from the east coast, and Witzel was soon in demand from Hollywood studios seeking to create interest in movies by circulating promo shots of their stars. Distinguished by moody lighting and dramatic poses and settings, Witzel’s photos soon set the tone for Hollywood studio photography and from the mid-1910s they featured frequently in fan magazines like Photoplay, becoming an important promotional and publicity tool.

Witzel occasionally worked on assignment for the big picture studios, photographing many silent film luminaries including Theda Bara and Charlie Chaplin (source).

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Portrait of American actress Clara Bow by American photographer Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of American actress & showgirl Blanche Mehaffey Witzel, 1920s by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of Bebe Daniels by photographer Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920 via

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Portrait of American actress Natalie Kingston by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) via

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Portrait of American actress Melva Cornell by Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920s via

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Portrait of American actress Bessie Love by Albert Witzel (1879-1929), 1920 via

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Portrait of American actress Doris May by Albert Witzel (1879-1929) , 1920 via

Helmut Newton “Model in Venice” (1966)

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Model in Venice’ is taken in a rare location for Newton: Venice. While its romanticism was a source of great inspiration for Newton, he only shot in the city on a handful of occasions, here for Queen Magazine in 1966 with clothes by Femme 90- an avant-garde designer at the time. Venice appealed to Newton for its water and elegance of the vaporetto. Here, the model’s clothing sprays in the wind, leaving her enigmatically anonymous via