GEORGE PLATT LYNES

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During his lifetime, Lynes amassed a substantial body of work involving nude and homoerotic photography. In the 1930s, he began taking nudes of friends, performers and models, including a young Yul Brynner, although these remained private, unknown and unpublished for years.

Katherine Anne Porter, 1947

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Boreas

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Danae and the Shower of Gold

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Acamas and Phyllis

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Jean Cocteau, June 1936

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nude (Bill Harris)

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Lew Christiensen, William Dollar, and Daphne Vane performing Orpheus and Eurydice, 1936LYNES16

Untitled Nude

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Salvador Dalí, 1939

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Helen Bennett with umbrella and mask, c.1938

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from GEORGE PLATT LYNES PHOTOGRAPHS 1931-1955

Ingmar Bergman

All women move me — old, young, tall, short, fat, thin, thick, heavy, light, beautiful, charming, living, dead. I also love cows, she-monkeys, sows, bitches, mares, hens, geese, turkey hens, lady hippos, and mice. But the categories of female that I prefer are wild beasts and dangerous reptiles. There are women I loathe. I’d like to murder one or two, or have myself killed by one of them. The world of women is my universe. It’s the world I have developed in, perhaps not for the best, but no man can really feel he knows himself if he manages to detach himself from it.

Ingmar Bergman, responding to a Swedish journalist who wrote that “Bergman is much wiser about women than men.”

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Gunnar Björnstrand and Ingmar Bergman on the set of Winter Light