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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    studiolymar wrote on Aug 22, '09
    Very interesting, thanks for sharing those masterly pieces of photography
    Greetings from Belgium
    Moris (Maurice)

© David S. Shields

Carlo Leonetti & the Vanities    Aug 21, '09 7:32 PM
by David for group historicalziegfeld #143

In 1923 Carlo Leonetti, a painter and dancer, began his distinguished career as a theatrical photographer in New York City. Details of his career can be read in my profile of Leonetti on the Broadway photographs site: http://broadway.cas.sc.edu/index.php?action=showPhotographer&id=70

He also carved a secondary career publishing nude studies in the various New York Art magazines (the sort that Vlad has been featuring in recent posts). Recently I was contacted by Leonetti's grand-nephew, Basil Leonetti, who showed me remnants of his estate, include the images I have reproduced below in miniature. You will see that the influences of both Alfred Cheney Johnston and Edwin Bower Hesser can be detected in these images. Leonetti derived most of these models from the ranks of Earl Carrol's Vanities. These images are almost all that survive in the Leonetti family's hands, since a fire in the late 1930s destroyed much of the photographer's archive. Leonetti's latter years were occupied more with painting than photography, but the nude remained a central subject of exploration. David S. Shields

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