The Fan (Margrethe Mather)

Edward Weston :: The Fan - Margrethe Mather; 1914. Platinum or Palladium print.  CCP - University of Arizona
Edward Weston :: The Fan – Margrethe Mather; 1914. Platinum or Palladium print. CCP – University of Arizona
Edward Weston :: Margrethe Mather - The Fan, ca. 1917. |  src kim weston blog
Edward H. Weston :: Margrethe Mather – The Fan, ca. 1917. | src kim weston blog

Justema by Mather, ca. 1923

Margrethe Mather :: Semi-nude [Billy Justema Wearing a Kimono], ca. 1923. Center for Creative Photography. University of Arizona, Tucson
Margrethe Mather :: Semi-nude [Billy Justema wearing a Kimono]; ca. 1923. Center for Creative Photography. University of Arizona, Tucson

When Margrethe Mather (1885 or 1886-1952) met Billy Justema in 1922, she was 36 and he was 17. Through spending time with him, Mather found a way out of her grief over the unexpected suicide of her close friend Florence Deshon. Through their relationship, Justema searched for a state of mind that would allow him to define both his artistic path and his sexuality. Mather photographed him as an enigma, as he was at the time to himself, in the process creating a portfolio to rival that of Alfred Stieglitz’s images of Georgia O’Keeffe. I could point out the sure compositional structure that informs Billy Justema in a Kimono (above), the curves and angles that form a harmonious whole, all things typical of Mather’s work. [quoted from The Blue Lantern on blogspot]

Betty Katz, ca. 1916

Margrethe Mather (1885 – 1952) :: Betty Katz, Los Angeles, about 1916. Side profile of a woman wearing a hair comb and floral pattern shirt. There is a single rose beside her. Palladium print. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Marion Morgan Dancers, 1921

Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston :: ‘The Marion Morgan Dancers’, California, 1921.
Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston :: ‘The Marion Morgan Dancers’, California, 1921. Vintage platinum-palladium print, mounted to original card. Signed and titled in pencil on the card board. In collaboration with the dancers from the ballet troupe of Marion Morgan. | src Sotheby’s