Although some work has been written about Lynes’ nudes, I haven’t found much (anything, really) on Lynes’ fashion work—despite the fact that he represents a key figure in the period between Steichen and Richard Avedon in the history of fashion photography. This ‘project’ is an article that will read the fashion images and the nudes together to think through questions of the public, the private, commerce and sexuality in the interwar period. The theoretical reading will be a collaborative project with the Toronto Photography Seminar; aspects of this research will be part of the monograph to be published at the end of the Model Americans project. I will be presenting research on this material for the first time at Yale in February, 2012 as a guest in the Photographic Memory Workshop.
George Platt Lynes
Lynes (1907-1955) was an American commercial and fashion photographer, who photographed for Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, and Vogue in the 1930s and 1940s. At the same time Lynes also produced beautiful erotic portraits of his circle of gay male friends, which he circulated privately due to contemporary obscenity laws.