Sunday, April 3, 2005

Two by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Alfred Cheney Johnston was certainly one of the most gifted photographers working in New York City in the 1920's. As the official photographer of the Ziegfeld Follies, he created lush portraits of many of the featured performers and showgirls who appeared in that revue. And among his subjects was Louise Brooks, who posed for Johnston on one or two occasions. Besides Follies girls, Johnston also shot portraits of other aspiring performers - actresses, showgirls, performers. Some would go on to achive fame in the film world.  Two such images - youthful portraits of Paulette Goddard and Clara Bow - have just shown up on eBay. [ And don't miss this remarkable semi-nude portrait by A.C. Johnston.]

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