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ACJ Sets Up Connecticut Studio 1949_vlad 2013 Oct 5
I'd asked about this a week or so ago to date some of the tapestry photos. Here is the answer in a clipping
Transcribed by Otto, thanks!
Follies’ Star Glorifier Sets Up EIm City Studio
By IRWIN M. ALPERT
WORLD - FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER Alfred Cheney Johnston has set up shop at New Haven studio, emerging from retirement after nine years. He photographed every Ziegfeld Follies beauty from 1918 to 1931, when Follies ended.
One of the greatest portrait photographers in the world, emerging from a nine-year retirement, has set up shop in New Haven to prove that, with a fresh star, success can be achieved twice in a lifetime.
Alfred Cheney Johnston, the man who made the Ziegfeld beauty famous and photographic portraiture an art, is raring for fresh fields to conquer even though his reputation is still at its peak from past performance.
In his newly-opened studio on West Rock Av., not unlike glamorous Hollywood set in its roominess and floodlight-studded ceilings, Johnston hopes to equal, if not surpass, the triumphs he gained as photographer to royalty, society and Broadway’s loveliest show girls before withdrawing to his Oxford farm just prior to the war.
FULL OF IDEAS
He is 54 now and as full of ideas as when he was plucked from obscurity 31 years ago by Florenz Ziegfeld to be exclusive photographer of the Follies’ beauties. He hardly looks the part. Studying his simple features and heavy build you might take him for a farmer or a businessman rather than a sensitive artist.
His fame stems chiefly from............................................. and advertising industries followed. Like a woman forced to tell her age, Johnston laughingly disclosed he photographed such oldtime screen vamps as Theda Bara, Mae Murray and Marie Prevost.
Among the Ziegfeld girls whose beauty he placed before the universal eye are Billy Burke, Gladys Glad, wife of the late Mark Hellinger, Mazel Forbes, Naomi Johnson and Paulette Goddard.
He has probably photographed more debutantes and society dowagers than any photographer living, Princess Nina of Greece, Duchess de Richelieu and a host of Goulds and Vanderbilts have posed before his sensitive lens.
His shots make a woman appear more beautiful than she is, while still retaining her likeness. “There is no absolutely homely person” he said, “but something lovely in everyone. It’s that some thing ve try to distill and permanently capture in the photo........"