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PaJaMa

In 1937, Paul Cadmus, Jared French and his wife Margaret, combined the first two letters of their respective first names to create the title of their photographic collective, PaJaMa. The trio conceived and depicted evocative nude tableaus, often within the sandy dunes and beaches of Fire Island, in the state of New York, where they spent their summers together. Echoing the imagery of their paintings and drawings, the pictures, which many were taken by photographer, George Platt Lynes, were printed in very small numbers and kept in albums that only circulated between friends until the 1980s. The intimate portraits capture the spirit of the closely-knit group, established in an almost dreamy state where nature plays an important role, adding an organic and surrealist feel to graphic compositions and warm embraces that surely later influenced Robert Mapplethorpe’s nudes.
 

Tags / PaJaMa - Tribes - Muses - Nude - Sensual - Photography - Friendship - Nature
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes, Stoneblossom, c. 1941
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes, Stoneblossom, c. 1941
PaJaMa, Jared French, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Jared French, Provincetown, c. 1947
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with Ionic Colons, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with Ionic Colons, 1940
PaJaMa, Monroe Wheeler, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Monroe Wheeler, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Donald Windham, Fire Island, 1940s
PaJaMa, Donald Windham, Fire Island, 1940s
PaJaMa, Jared French and Chuck Howard, 5 St. Luke's Place, NY, 1949
PaJaMa, Jared French and Chuck Howard, 5 St. Luke's Place, NY, 1949
PaJaMa, Jensen Yow, Jack Fontan and Bill Harris, Fire Island, c. 1950
PaJaMa, Jensen Yow, Jack Fontan and Bill Harris, Fire Island, c. 1950
George Platt Lynes and Monroe Wheeler by Paul Cadmus, 1940
George Platt Lynes and Monroe Wheeler by Paul Cadmus, 1940
Bernard Perlin with his painting, The Garden, in his studio at the American Academy in Rome by Jared French, 1949
Bernard Perlin with his painting, The Garden, in his studio at the American Academy in Rome by Jared French, 1949
Bernard Perlin, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Fire Island, 1935
Bernard Perlin, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Fire Island, 1935
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Nantucket, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Nantucket, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Jensen Yow, Fire Island, 1940
PaJaMa, Jensen Yow, Fire Island, 1940
PaJaMa, Margaret French, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, c. 1947
George Platt Lynes  Portrait of Paul Cadmus  1942
George Platt Lynes Portrait of Paul Cadmus 1942
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, c.1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, c.1940
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, George Tooker, Jared French and Monroe Wheeler, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, George Tooker, Jared French and Monroe Wheeler, Provincetown, c. 1947
Jared French by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Jared French by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Paul Cadmus by Carl Van Vechten, 1937
Paul Cadmus by Carl Van Vechten, 1937
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker, 1945
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker, 1945
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Sketching Ralph McWilliams, 1953
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Sketching Ralph McWilliams, 1953
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Fire Island, 1937
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Fire Island, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, c. 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, c. 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Fire Island, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Fire Island, 1943
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes and Jonathan Tichenor, Fire Island, c. 1941
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes and Jonathan Tichenor, Fire Island, c. 1941
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes, 1941
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes, 1941
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with George Tooker and Jared French, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with George Tooker and Jared French, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with Wooden Figure, ca 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with Wooden Figure, ca 1937
Paul Cadmus, Sandy Campbell with Paul Cadmus portraits, New York City, 1943
Paul Cadmus, Sandy Campbell with Paul Cadmus portraits, New York City, 1943
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Fire Island, c. 1941
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Fire Island, c. 1941
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Fire Island, 1939
PaJaMa, Fidelma Cadmus, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Fire Island, 1939
Jared French, Ted Starkowsky & Chuck Howard, 1950's
Jared French, Ted Starkowsky & Chuck Howard, 1950's
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and George Tooker, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and George Tooker, Provincetown, c. 1947
George Tooker, Daniel Maloney and William Christopher at Sneideus Landing, Oliver Jennings's House on the Hudson River, 1951
George Tooker, Daniel Maloney and William Christopher at Sneideus Landing, Oliver Jennings's House on the Hudson River, 1951
Chuck Howard by Jared French, 1940
Chuck Howard by Jared French, 1940
Chuck Howard, New York City by Jared French, 1949
Chuck Howard, New York City by Jared French, 1949
PaJaMa, Jack Fontan, Bill Harris and Jensen Yow, Fire Island c. 1950
PaJaMa, Jack Fontan, Bill Harris and Jensen Yow, Fire Island c. 1950
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
Jared French, Paul Cadmus and Jose Martinez, Fire Island, 1939
Jared French, Paul Cadmus and Jose Martinez, Fire Island, 1939
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker,  1930
George Platt Lynes, George Tooker, 1930
PaJaMa, Jared French, c. 1940
PaJaMa, Jared French, c. 1940
PaJaMa, Jared French, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Jared French, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Jared French, Paul Cadmus and José Martinez, Fire Island, 1939
PaJaMa, Jared French, Paul Cadmus and José Martinez, Fire Island, 1939
George Platt-Lynes, José Pete Martinez, 1937
George Platt-Lynes, José Pete Martinez, 1937
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes and Jared French, Fire Island, 1940
PaJaMa, George Platt Lynes and Jared French, Fire Island, 1940
PaJaMa, José Martinez, Fire Island, c. 1948
PaJaMa, José Martinez, Fire Island, c. 1948
PaJaMa, Margaret French, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Jared French, Nantucket, c. 1945
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Jared French, Nantucket, c. 1945
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret  French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, 1947
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Stage Set Stairs, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Stage Set Stairs, 1937
Paul Cadmus by George Platt Lynes
Paul Cadmus by George Platt Lynes
PaJaMa, Chuck Howard and Ted Starkowski, 1950
PaJaMa, Chuck Howard and Ted Starkowski, 1950
PaJaMa, Chuck Howard and Ted Starkowski, 1950
PaJaMa, Chuck Howard and Ted Starkowski, 1950
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown, c. 1947
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Stage Set Stairs, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus Stage Set Stairs, 1937
George Platt-Lynes, Portrait of Jared French, 1938
George Platt-Lynes, Portrait of Jared French, 1938
PaJaMa, Margaret French, Hoboken, New Jersey, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Margaret French, Hoboken, New Jersey, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, c. 1940
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, c. 1940
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, c. 1947
Roy Pinney, George Platt Lynes and Paul Cadmus, 1940
Roy Pinney, George Platt Lynes and Paul Cadmus, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Wilbur Wright, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Wilbur Wright, 1943
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1958
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1958
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Truro, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Truro, c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown., c. 1947
PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown., c. 1947
Bernard Perlin with his painting, The Garden with Konstanty Jelenski, in his studio at the American Academy in Rome by Jared French, 1949
Bernard Perlin with his painting, The Garden with Konstanty Jelenski, in his studio at the American Academy in Rome by Jared French, 1949
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with a Triangle, 1940s
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus with a Triangle, 1940s
Paul Cadmus Portrait of George Platt Lynes, 1938
Paul Cadmus Portrait of George Platt Lynes, 1938
Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, 1937
Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1938
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Jared French, 1938
Paul Cadmus and Jon Anderson by Jon Gilbert Fox, 1999
Paul Cadmus and Jon Anderson by Jon Gilbert Fox, 1999
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, 1939
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus at Stone-Blossom, 1940
George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus at Stone-Blossom, 1940
PaJaMa, Margaret French, George Tooker and Jared French, Nantucket, c. 1946
PaJaMa, Margaret French, George Tooker and Jared French, Nantucket, c. 1946
PaJaMa, José Pete Martinez and Paul Cadmus, 1942
PaJaMa, José Pete Martinez and Paul Cadmus, 1942
Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell, 1955
Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell, 1955
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