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George Platt Lynes photographs, 1926-1950

Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955



Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Photographs of artists and art works taken by Lynes.
REEL 57: A photograph album, 1926-1942, containing photos of paintings and drawings in Lynes's collection. Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Marsden Hartley, Paul Klee, Pierre Roy, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Yves Tanguy are represented.
REEL 153: Photographs of artists, 1932-1950, and others (printed posthumously) including: Peggy Bacon, Eugene Berman, George Biddle, Henry Billings, Alexander Brook, Paul Cadmus, Marc Chagall, Boris Chaliapin, A. Dunoyer De Segonzac, Guy Pène du Bois, Jared French, Edward Hopper, Oskar Kokoschka, Gaston Lachaise, Jean Lurcat, Isamu Noguchi, Bernard Perlin, Pierre Roy, Homer St. Gaudens, Yves Tanguy, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, Ossip Zadkine, and William Zorach. Also included is a group photograph (numerous shots in varying poses) of a group of artists including Matta, Ossip, Zadkine, Yves Tanguu, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, André Breton, Piet Mondrian, André Masson, Amédée Ozenfant, Jacques Lipcitz, Pavel Tchelitchev, Kurt Seligman and Eugene Berman taken on the occasion of the Exhibition Artists in Exile at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1942.
REEL 2077: Fifteen photographs of Marsden Hartley, February 4, 1943, and printed posthumously.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) was a photographer from New York, N.Y. Best known for his portraits of Hollywood stars, ballet dancers, writers, and male nudes.


Material on reel 57 lent for microfilming 1971 by Russell Lynes, brother of George Platt Lynes; material on reels 153 & 2077 donated 1967-1971 by Russell Lynes.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 57: Original returned to Russell Lynes after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 153 and 2077 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Reel 57 is available for use only at the Archives of American Art offices.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

Reel 57: ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.

Restrictions on Use

Reels 153 and 2077: Authorization to publish or reproduce requires written permission from Joshua Lynes. Credit should include Copyright Estate of George Platt Lynes. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

George Platt Lynes photographs, 1926-1950. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.