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Platt-Lynes, George (1907 - 1955)

During the early 1930s, George Platt-Lynes was commissioned as a fashion photographer, collaborating for such magazines as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar while he also became Hollywood’s acclaimed celebrity portraitist in the 1940s. In the meantime, he pursued a personal body of work featuring mostly male nudes and homoerotic images that he kept for himself or distributed to a close circle of friends. Having no commercial interest in his practice, fearing it would harm his reputation and business in a homophobic society, he even destroyed much of his archives, in 1955, when he was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, apprehending Joseph McCarthy’s ‘Red Scare’. While his earlier nudes depicted idealized youthful bodies and Ancient Greek-like ephebes such as a young Yul Brunner, he moved towards a rougher and more sexualized aesthetic in his later work. Dramatically lit, his compositions diffused a tangible sexual power with scenes that evoked post-coital moments, the whole with a somewhat touch of sadness possibly linked to his declining health. A pioneer in masculine erotic photography, George Platt-Lynes also helped forge Dr Alfred Kinsey’s research on homosexuality.

Tags / George Platt-Lynes - American Photographer - 1950s - Nude and Body - Homosexuality - Secret
George Platt Lynes, Cecil Beaton, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Cecil Beaton, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Skeletons (Jared French), 1947
George Platt Lynes, Skeletons (Jared French), 1947
George Platt Lynes, Don Cerulli, 1952
George Platt Lynes, Don Cerulli, 1952
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker, 1945
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker, 1945
George Platt Lynes, The Sleepwalker, 1935
George Platt Lynes, The Sleepwalker, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Woman in Stain, Strapless Evening Dress, 1954
George Platt Lynes, Woman in Stain, Strapless Evening Dress, 1954
George Platt Lynes, Gloria Swanson, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Gloria Swanson, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Jean Cocteau, 1936
George Platt Lynes, Jean Cocteau, 1936
George Platt Lynes, José Pete Martinez, 1937
George Platt Lynes, José Pete Martinez, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Surreal study with hands and James Leslie, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Surreal study with hands and James Leslie, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1936
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1936
George Platt Lynes, Male nude study, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Male nude study, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Untitled (male nude with tattoo), 1950-1955
George Platt Lynes, Untitled (male nude with tattoo), 1950-1955
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker with Paul Cadmus and Jared French in Mirror, 1949
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker with Paul Cadmus and Jared French in Mirror, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Orpheus (Lev Christian and Marie Jeanne), 1936
George Platt Lynes, Orpheus (Lev Christian and Marie Jeanne), 1936
George Platt Lynes, Harvey Young, Gym Owner, Hollywood, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Harvey Young, Gym Owner, Hollywood, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Dancer in Costume with Animal Skull Headpiece, c.1930s/ 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Dancer in Costume with Animal Skull Headpiece, c.1930s/ 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, The Ritter Brothers, 1935
George Platt Lynes, The Ritter Brothers, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Untitled (Male Nude in Directors Chair), 1943
George Platt Lynes, Untitled (Male Nude in Directors Chair), 1943
George Platt Lynes, Jared French, George Cadmus, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Jared French, George Cadmus, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Woman with horse, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Woman with horse, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Self-Portrait with Camera, 1932
George Platt Lynes, Self-Portrait with Camera, 1932
George Platt Lynes, Nude Male, 1936
George Platt Lynes, Nude Male, 1936
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, T.S. Eliot, 1950
George Platt Lynes, T.S. Eliot, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Errante, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Errante, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Errante,  American Ballet, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Errante, American Ballet, 1935
George Platt Lynes, George Balachine, Ballet Society, 1948
George Platt Lynes, George Balachine, Ballet Society, 1948
George Platt Lynes, Jerome Robbins, NYC Ballet, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Jerome Robbins, NYC Ballet, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Isamu Noguchi
George Platt Lynes, Isamu Noguchi
George Platt Lynes, Billy the Kid, Ballet Caravan, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Billy the Kid, Ballet Caravan, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Errante, American Ballet, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Errante, American Ballet, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Bandage and Bed, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Bandage and Bed, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Pavel Tchelitchew, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Pavel Tchelitchew, 1947
George Platt Lynes, W. Somerset Maugham, 1930s
George Platt Lynes, W. Somerset Maugham, 1930s
George Platt Lynes, Sweetheart, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Sweetheart, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Lew Christensen as Apollo, 1957
George Platt Lynes, Lew Christensen as Apollo, 1957
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, Jared French on a Ladder, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, Jared French on a Ladder, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Martha Graham, 1956
George Platt Lynes, Martha Graham, 1956
George Platt Lynes, Sailers, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Sailers, 1935
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Yul Brynner, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Cyclops, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Cyclops, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Marsden Hartley, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Heidi Vosseler, Ballet Caravan, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Heidi Vosseler, Ballet Caravan, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1958
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1958
George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Yurek Shabelevsky, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Yurek Shabelevsky, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Frederic Prokosch, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Frederic Prokosch, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Bill Blizzard Sleeping, 1952
George Platt Lynes, Bill Blizzard Sleeping, 1952
George Platt Lynes, Study from the ballet
George Platt Lynes, Study from the ballet "Orpheus", 1948-50
George Platt Lynes, Aldous Huxley, 1946
George Platt Lynes, Aldous Huxley, 1946
George Platt Lynes, George Balanchine, Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes, New York City Ballet, New York, 1950
George Platt Lynes, George Balanchine, Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes, New York City Ballet, New York, 1950
George Platt Lynes, New York City Ballet, New York, 1950
George Platt Lynes, New York City Ballet, New York, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Ballet Theatre, Apollo, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Ballet Theatre, Apollo, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Bill Harris, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Bill Harris, 1942
George Platt Lynes, Bill Miller, 1944
George Platt Lynes, Bill Miller, 1944
George Platt Lynes, Burt Lancaster, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Burt Lancaster, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Barbara Harrison Wescott Sleeping, 1934
George Platt Lynes, Barbara Harrison Wescott Sleeping, 1934
George Platt Lynes, Cecil Beaton, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Cecil Beaton, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Smoking woman in black dress, date unknown
George Platt Lynes, Smoking woman in black dress, date unknown
George Platt Lynes, Mary Ellen Moylan, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Mary Ellen Moylan, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Joan Miro, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Joan Miro, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Eugene Loring Sleeping, 1940s
George Platt Lynes, Eugene Loring Sleeping, 1940s
George Platt Lynes, Diana Vreeland, 1934
George Platt Lynes, Diana Vreeland, 1934
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Mel Fillini, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Mel Fillini, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Woman in Linen Dress with Straw Hat, 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Woman in Linen Dress with Straw Hat, 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Woman with Fan in Backless Dress, 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Woman with Fan in Backless Dress, 1950s
George Platt Lynes, Maria Tallchief in
George Platt Lynes, Maria Tallchief in "Orpheus", 1948
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1951
George Platt Lynes, Katharine Hepburn, ca. 1939
George Platt Lynes, Katharine Hepburn, ca. 1939
George Platt Lynes, Lisa Fonssagrives for Marshall Field, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Lisa Fonssagrives for Marshall Field, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Lisa for Henri Bendel, 1940-41
George Platt Lynes, Lisa for Henri Bendel, 1940-41
George Platt Lynes, Nicholas Magallanes and Francisco Moncion in
George Platt Lynes, Nicholas Magallanes and Francisco Moncion in "Orpheus", New York, 1948
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