Modotti by Weston, 1921

Edward Henry Weston :: Head of an Italian Girl (Tina Modotti), 1921. Platinum or palladium print. | src Sotheby’s

This photograph is among the earliest studies Edward Weston made of Tina Modotti, the woman whose face and figure would inspire some of Weston’s best work throughout the 1920s.  The photographer regarded the image as an important one at the time, including it in two early exhibitions: in Amsterdam in 1922, and at the Aztec Land Gallery in Mexico City in 1923.  This print is one of only three extant examples of this seminal picture of Modotti.   

Head of an Italian Girl is from a series of studies and portraits of Modotti that Weston began in Los Angeles in 1921, soon after their love affair began, and would continue in Mexico.  At the time this photograph was taken, each was married to someone else: Weston to the former Flora Chandler, the mother of his four children, and Modotti to the poet and textile designer, Roubaix de l’Abrie Richey.  Born in Italy, Modotti was a recent arrival in Los Angeles, where she worked variously as an actress in silent films and as a seamstress and clothing designer.  In the early 1920s, Weston made his living as a portrait photographer in Glendale, while pursuing his own creative work. The two fell in love shortly after they met, and Weston began photographing Modotti immediately.  In April 1921, Weston wrote of Modotti to his friend, the photographer Johan Hagemeyer:

‘Life has been very full for me—perhaps too full for my good—I not only have done some of the best things yet—but have also had an exquisite affair . . . the pictures I believe to be especially good are of one Tina de Richey—a lovely Italian girl’ (The Archive, January 1986, Number 22, ‘The Letters from Tina Modotti to Edward Weston,’ p. 10)

In the present image, the ecstatic expression on Modotti’s face provides some indication of the intensity of their new relationship. 

Amy Conger locates only two prints of this image, both in institutional collections: a palladium print originally owned by Johan Hagemeyer and now at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson [view image below]; and a platinum print at the Baltimore Museum of Art. [quoted from source]

Edward Weston :: Head of an Italian Girl (Tina Modotti), 1921. Platinum or palladium print. | src Johan Hagemeyer Collection at CCP
Edward Weston :: Head of an Italian Girl (Tina Modotti), 1921. Platinum or palladium print. | src Johan Hagemeyer Collection at CCP

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1914 (I)

Arnold Genthe :: Edna St. Vincent Millay at Mitchell Kennerley's house in Mamaroneck, New York, 1914. Autochrome. | Library of Congress
Arnold Genthe :: Edna St. Vincent Millay at Mitchell Kennerley’s house in Mamaroneck, New York, 1914. Autochrome. | Library of Congress
Arnold Genthe :: Portrait photograph of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1914. Digital file from original lantern slide. | Library of Congress
Arnold Genthe :: Portrait photograph of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1914. Digital file from original lantern slide. | Library of Congress
Arnold Genthe :: Edna St. Vincent Millay, portrait photograph, 1914. Glass negative. | Library of Congress
Arnold Genthe :: Edna St. Vincent Millay, portrait photograph, 1914. Glass negative. | Library of Congress

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

Nude study by Genthe (1925)

Arnold Genthe :: Nude Study, gelatin silver print, 1925. | Museum Fine Arts (mfa) Boston
Arnold Genthe :: Nude Study, gelatin silver print, 1925. | Museum Fine Arts (mfa) Boston

Model in Classical Costume

Louis Fleckenstein :: [Model in Classical Costume],1907-1915. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum
Louis Fleckenstein :: [Model in Classical Costume], 1907-1915. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum
Louis Fleckenstein :: [Model in Classical Costume],1907-1915. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum
Louis Fleckenstein :: [Model in Classical Costume], 1907-1915. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum
Louis Fleckenstein :: Model in Classical Costume, 1907-1915. Hand-colored gelatin silver print. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum
Louis Fleckenstein :: Model in Classical Costume, 1907-1915. Hand-colored gelatin silver print. | src The J. Paul Getty Museum

Art in Photography (1905)

William A. Cadby :: Portrait of Mrs. H. Wilson. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
William A. Cadby :: Portrait of Mrs. H. Wilson. Original halftone. From the British Section of 'The Studio - Art in Photography' the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
William A. Cadby :: Portrait of Mrs. H. Wilson. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay
F. Hollyer :: Portrait of Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
F. Hollyer :: Portrait of Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay
C.F. Juston :: The Iris. Original halftone. From the British Section of 'The Studio - Art in Photography' the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
C.F. Juston :: The Iris. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
C.F. Juston :: The Iris. Original halftone. From the British Section of 'The Studio - Art in Photography' the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay
C.F. Juston :: The Iris. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay
William Crooke :: Portrait study. Original halftone. From the British Section of 'The Studio - Art in Photography' the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
William Crooke :: Portrait study. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. | src eBay
William Crooke :: Portrait study. Original halftone. From the British Section of 'The Studio - Art in Photography' the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay
William Crooke :: Portrait study. Original halftone. From the British Section of ‘The Studio – Art in Photography’ the Single Volume British companion to Camera Work 1905. [full page] | src eBay

Roses by Clara Sipprell, 1920s

Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) :: [Rose in glass bottle], ca. 1922. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) :: [Rose and figurines], ca. 1922. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) :: [Rose and figurines], ca. 1922. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) :: Phyllis’s Roses, 1925. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Nudes by Yvonne Gregory

Yvonne Gregory (British, 1889-1970) :: Nude, ca. 1935. Matt warm-toned gelatin silver print, mounted on paper, the front signed in pencil, verso with photographer’s label, copyright limitation and label from the Camera Club Permanent Collection. | src Bonhams
Yvonne Gregory :: ‘The Veil’ (Nude study), 1930. Matt warm-toned gelatin silver print, mounted on paper, the front signed in pencil, the verso titled and signed in pencil, with label from the Camera Club Permanent Collection. | src Bonhams
Yvonne Gregory :: ‘In the Sunlight’. Nudes in Nature, 1940s. Matt warm-toned gelatin silver print, mounted on paper, the front signed in pencil, titled on verso with an assortment of labels including photographer’s credit and copyright limitation. | src Bonhams

Dorothy Stone in Stepping Stones

Edward Thayer Monroe :: Dorothy Stone [aka Dorothy B. Stone and Dorothy Stone Collins] in her Broadway debut in Jerome Kern’s “Stepping Stones”, 1923. | src Broadway photographs