Thursday, April 26, 2012

Goddesses.



Mrs Edward Mayer as Medusa



Lady Bridgett Poulett as Arethusa



Lady Milbanke as Penthelisa, Queen of the Amazons



Lady Michael Balcon as Minerva



Baroness Gagern as Europa



Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Ariel



Mrs Anthony Eden as Clio, the Muse of History


Dorothy, Duchess of Welington as Hecate





I am crazy for these portraits by pioneer English photographer Yevonde Cumbers Middleton (1893-1975), also known as Madame Yevonde.   Through her work, especially series like this one that are emblematic of her 1930s career peak, she made color portraiture respectable in the photography world.  Inspired by surrealists like Man Ray, she used dream imagery and humor in her portrait scenes.   This series of photos, taken at one of Yevonde's society affair Greek-themed parties in 1935, shows the glamourous party guests in full goddess regalia placed in different fantastical backdrops. 


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