Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955

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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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referencedIn Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Glenway Wescott papers, 1900-1990. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jared French papers, 1921-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Glenway Wescott papers, 1900-1990. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lynes, George Platt : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Monroe Wheeler papers, 1890-1995 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf George Lynes Platt photographs, 1935-1953. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Fein, Sylvia. Sylvia Fein papers, 1940-2010. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Glenway Wescott collection, 1932-1977 (bulk 1932-1962). University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
referencedIn Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Butts, Mary, 1890-1937. Mary Butts collection, 1928-1936. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Butts, Mary, 1890-1937. Mary Butts papers, 1830-1990 (bulk 1915-37). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. General correspondence, 1901-1972. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. Photographs [picture]. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Sterne, Hedda, 1910-. Hedda Sterne papers, 1944-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lincoln Kirstein papers, 1951-1999 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. Photographs, 1887-1972. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum 20th-century history of photography collection, 1900-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sterne, Hedda, 1910-. Hedda Sterne papers, 1944-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wheeler, Monroe, 1899-1988. Monroe Wheeler papers, 1890-1995. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Glenway Wescott papers, 1900-1990 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mary Butts papers, 1830-1990, 1915-37 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Lincoln Kirstein papers, 1951-1999. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Castellón, Federico. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1933-1971, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lincoln Kirstein papers, ca. 1914-1991 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. Photographs, 1935-1953. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn [Collection of souvenir programs with reproductions of photographs by George Platt Lynes], 1951?-1957. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes Collection, 1926-1997, (bulk 1930s-1940s). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Lillian Gish letters and ephemera, 1936-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Glenway Wescott Collection, 1932-1977, 1932-1962 Literature and Rare Books
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Papers, ca. 1914-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955,. André Gide [graphic] / George Platt Lynes. Library of Congress
referencedIn Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Notes on mythology and mythological figures, 1936. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Robsjohn-Gibbings, Terence Harold, 1905-1976. Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers, 1940-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Butts, Mary, 1890-1937. Mary Butts papers, 1830-1990 (bulk 1915-37). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Butts, Mary, 1890-1937. Mary Butts collection, 1928-1936. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn French, Jared, 1905-1988. Jared French papers, 1921-1989. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Tooker, George. George Tooker papers, 1932-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes photographs, 1926-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf George Platt Lynes scrapbooks. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Pierre Matisse Gallery records, 1925-1989. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes diaries and memorabilia, 1921-1955. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Photographs of musicians [graphic] / George Platt Lynes, ca. 1939-1950 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Fein, Sylvia. Sylvia Fein papers, 1936-2011. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wheeler, Monroe, 1899-. Monroe Wheeler papers, 1890-1995. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Michel Licht Papers, 1910-1957 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
United States
United States
Subject
Photographers
Authors--1930-1950
Ballet dancers--1930-1950
Comedians--1930-1940
Actresses--1930-1950
Actors
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
Models (persons)
Fashion photography
Skiers
Photography of the nude
Occupation
Photographers
Sopranos (Singers)
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Person

Birth 1907-04-15

Death 1955-12-06

Americans

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