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.


Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931 via


Florence Henri, Portrait Composition, 1931 via

Amazing Still lifes by Edward Weston

Edward Weston (1886 – 1958) was one of the most innovative and influential American photographers. He was also a great still life photographer.


Edward Weston, Eggplant on Plate via


Edward Weston, Artichoke, Halved, 1930 via


Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931 via


Edward Weston, Dunes, Oceano, California, 1936 via


Edward Weston, Clouds, Death Valley, 1938 via


Edward Weston, Cypress, Point Lobos, 1944 via

Fantastic 1940s Photography by Carlotta Corpron

Carlotta Corpron was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, but spent fifteen years of her youth in India. She returned to the United States in 1920 to earn degrees in art education at Michigan State Normal College and Columbia University, and was first introduced to photography in 1933.

Of particular note are Corpron’s early light drawings, made by tracking moving light at amusement parks–radiant images of wild edges and rhythmic lines–and her “space compositions,” which employed eggs and shells. Corpron also made “fluid light designs” examining reflections on plastic materials; “light follows form” studies of sculpture; abstractions of light flowing through glass; and solarizations of flowers and portraits.

Corpron’s experiments with light are among the most intriguing abstract photographic works from her day, sharing as they do the concerns of her predecessors Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, and Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Her work is significant for its inventive and resolutely independent exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of light and space. Wrought from simple materials and the free play of imagination, Corpron’s light abstractions are increasingly admired (source).


Carlotta Corpron, Solarized Portrait of Ray Ann, 1949 via


Carlotta Corpron, Ray Ann with Amaryllis, 1945 via


Carlotta Corpron, Solarized Calla Lilies, 1948 via


Carlotta Corpron, Nature Dancer, 1943 via


Carlotta Corpon, Space Composition with Chambered Nautilus, 1948 via


Carlotta Corpron, Chambered Nautilus with Created Light and Shadow, 1948 via

Stunning Images of 1950s Paris by Sabine Weiss

Sabine Weiss was born in Switzerland in 1924. In 1942, she wonders what she will do with her life, and decides that she should become a photographer because it is what she loves to do.

In 1945 Sabine Weiss moved to a studio in Geneva, but in 1946 she decided to leave the city of her childhood to live in Paris. She knew there was no turning back. She asked Willy Maywald to become her assistant.

In 1949, she met the painter Hugh Weiss and realized right away that she would spend her life with him. Sabine Weiss left Maywald, where she mastered her craft and started a long career, experimenting fashion, photojournalism, advertising and everything else she was asked to do (source).


Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1955 via


Sabine Weiss, In the rain, Paris, 1957 via


Sabine Weiss, July, Paris, 1954 via


Sabine Weiss, St. Lazare train station, Paris, 1949 via


Sabine Weiss, The Eiffel Towers dry, Paris, 1956 via


Sabine Weiss, Bilboquet, La Concorde, Paris, 1950 via


Sabine Weiss, Snow, Paris, 1952 via


Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1953 via

Beautiful Vintage Photos of 1920s Paris by André Kertész

André Kertész (1894 – 1985), born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay.

In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition.

Today he is considered one of the seminal figures of photojournalism.


André Kertész, “Latin Quarter,” Paris, 1926 via


André Kertész – A Window on the Quai Voltaire, Paris, 1928 via



André Kertész ”Carnival, Paris (woman reading behind stage)” 1926 Gelatin silver print 10 3/4 x 13 inches © Courtesy Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures 2007 via


André Kertész, My Friends at Cafe du Dome, 1928 via


André Kertész Untitled (La fontaine de la Place de la Concorde), Paris, 1925 via