Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955

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Lynes, George Platt (American photographer, 1907-1955)

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Lynes, George P. 1907-1955

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George Platt Lynes

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Platt Lynes, George, 1907-1955

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1907-04-15

1907-04-15

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1955-12-06

1955-12-06

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George Platt Lynes is best known as a portrait, fashion, and nude photographer. He spent several years living with and traveling with Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler.

From the guide to the George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

George Platt Lynes, American photographer.

From the description of George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84388835 From the description of George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702163971

American photographer best known for his fashion photographs, celebrity and society portraits, male nudes, and images of the New York City Ballet in the 1930s and 1940s.

From the description of George Platt Lynes Collection, 1926-1997, (bulk 1930s-1940s). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122648335

Lynes worked in New York as a fashion photographer for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and took photographs for Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine of the dancers and productions of the American Ballet. He also staged and photographed a series of male nudes.

From the description of Photographs, 1935-1953. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79456265 From the guide to the George Lynes Platt photographs, 1935-1953., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) was a photographer from New York, N.Y.

Best known for his portraits of Hollywood stars, ballet dancers, writers, and male nudes.

From the description of George Platt Lynes photographs, 1926-1950. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123380124

George Platt Lynes was born on April 15, 1907 to Joseph Russell and Adelaide Sparkman Lynes in East Orange, New Jersey. He attended the Berkshire School, where Lincoln Kirstein was among his classmates. Considered inadequately prepared for college, George was sent to Paris, in the care of family cousins, Kate and Walter Hardy, with the goal of improving his basic prepatory subjects. In the heady milieu of literary Paris, he made the acquaintance of Réne Crevel and Gertrude Stein, with whom he began a decade-long correspondence. (see: YCAL MSS 76, Box 115, folder 2406 and YCAL MSS 77, Box 10, folder 136a).

Lynes eventually entered Yale University in the Fall of 1926, though he attended for only a single semester. A move to New York allowed Lynes to further his contact with the literary world he had been introduced to in Paris In January, 1927, he met the publisher Monroe Wheeler and his partner, the writer, Glenway Wescott. Over the next fifteen years, Lynes' emotional life centered around Wheeler and Wescott, with whom he maintained a succession of households in France and the United States. His search for a metier saw him explore writing and bookselling before he eventually found his aesthetic through the facility of the camera. His first informal portraits were done in the late 1920s, but soon he found himself an official society photographer, contributing to significant museum shows, magazines, and having his own one-man exhibitions. He became well-known for his fashion photography and eventually was made the head of Vogue magazine's West Coast studio in Los Angeles in 1946, where he moved following several years of emotional upheaval in his personal life, which included his break from Wescott and Wheeler.

Lynes returned to New York in 1948, but found he was no longer in demand for his commercial fashion work. Instead, he focused on his private interests, male nudes, and documenting productions of the New York City Ballet. His change of fortune, which included a bankruptcy filing in the early 1950s, ended with a diagnosis of lung cancer. He died in New York City on December 6, 1955.

From the guide to the George Platt Lynes scrapbooks., (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Photographers

Authors--1930-1950

Ballet dancers--1930-1950

Comedians--1930-1940

Actresses--1930-1950

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Popular culture--United States

Composers

Artists--Photographs

Portrait photography

Ballet dancers

Photography, Modern--20th century

Nudes--1930-1950

Opera singers--1930-1950

Photography, Artistic

Photographers--United States

Musicians--1930-1959

Gay men--United States

Artists--1930-1950

Fashion models--1930-1950

Musicians--1930-1950

Socialites--1930-1950

Poets--1930-1950

Art exhibitions--1930-1950

Dramatists--1930-1950

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Fashion photography

Skiers

Photography of the nude

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Americans

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Photographers

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New York (State)--New York

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New York (State)--New York

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United States

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United States

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