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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Portraits of Surrealist Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931)

Xenia Kashevaroff (1913 – 1995) was an American painter, sculptor, bookbinder, conservator, and musician notable for her surrealist mobiles and artistic collaborations.

Her work has been described as on the “cutting edge of surrealism in sculpture” for her time. From 1935 to 1945, she was married to the musician and composer John Cage and performed in his percussion ensemble throughout their marriage.

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Amazing Photographic Portraits of Dora Maar by Man Ray (1936)

Dora Maar (1907 – 1997) was a French photographer, painter, and poet. She was a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso.

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

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Senegal Portrait of a Woman by Unknown Artist (c. 1910)

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Unknown Artist (Senegal). Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1910. Gelatin silver print from glass negative, 1975; 6 x 4 in. (16.5 x 11.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Susan Mullin Vogel, 2015. via metmuseum.org

Amazing Portraits of Writers and Artists by Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund (1908  – 2000) was a German-born French photographer and photojournalist, famous for her documentary photography and portraits of writers and artists. Her best-known book is Photographie et société (1974) about the uses and abuses of the photographic medium in the age of technological reproduction. In 1977, she became President of the French Association of Photographers, and in 1981, she took the official portrait of French President François Mitterrand.

She was made Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1982 and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, the highest decoration in France, in 1983. In 1991, she became the first photographer to be honored with a retrospective at the Musée National d’art Moderne in Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou).

Freund’s major contributions to photography include using the Leica (with its 36 frames) for documentary reportage and her early experimentation with Kodachrome and 35 mm Agfacolor, which allowed her to develop a “uniquely candid portraiture style” that distinguishes her in 20th century photography.

She is buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, France near her home and studio at 12 rue Lalande.

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Anouk Aimée by Gisèle Freund (1962)

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Colette by Gisèle Freund (1954)

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Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund

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Simone de Beauvoir by Gisèle Freund

(The day of the Prix Goncourt, next to a window writing, Paris, 1954)

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Zsa Zsa Gabor (1953)

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Evita Perón, doing her hair (Reportage for Life magazine, 1950) © Gisèle Freund

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Gisèle Freund, Self-Portrait

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Portraits by Photographer Inge Morath

Ingeborg Hermine “Inge” Morath (1923 – 2002) was an Austrian-born photographer. In 1953, she joined the Magnum Photos Agency, founded by top photographers in Paris, and became a full photographer with them in 1955. Along with Eve Arnold, she was among the first women members.  Magnum remains to this day a predominantly male organization.

Morath’s work was motivated by a fundamental humanism, shaped as much by her experience of war as by its lingering shadow over post-war Europe. In Morath’s mature work, she documents the endurance of the human spirit under situations of extreme duress, as well as its manifestations of ecstasy and joy.

In 1955, she published her first collection of photographs, a total of 30 monographs during her lifetime. Morath was also the third and last wife of playwright Arthur Miller; their daughter is screenwriter/director Rebecca Miller.

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Self-Portrait, Jerusalem, 1958.

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Inge Morath, Portrait of Anais Nin, 1959

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Inge Morath, Gloria Vanderbilt New York, 1956 ©

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Jayne Mansfield 1959 in Beverly Hills in Bed Photograph.

Photograph by Inge Morath

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Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1959.

Photograph by Inge Morath.

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Marilyn Monroe on the set of the Misfits, 1960s.

Photograph by Inge Morath

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Collection of Glam Celebrity Portraits by Baron Adolph de Meyer

Baron Adolph de Meyer (1868 – 1946) was a photographer famed for his elegant photographic portraits in the early 20th century, many of which depicted celebrities such as Mary Pickford, Rita Lydig, Luisa Casati, Billie Burke, Irene Castle, John Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Ruth St. Denis, King George V of the United Kingdom, and Queen Mary. He was also the first official fashion photographer for the American magazine Vogue, appointed to that position in 1913.

Today, few of his prints survive, most were destroyed during World War II

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Billie Burke by Baron Adolph de Meyer

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 Ruth St. Denis in The Revelation of the Goddess from Omika by Baron Adolph de Meyer

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Lillian Gish by Baron Adolph de Meyer

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Irene Castle 1921 by Baron Adolph de Meyer

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Mary Pickford Wedding Portrait by Baron Adolph de Meyer

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