1994 THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BARON ADOLPH DE MEYER


1994 THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BARON ADOLPH DE MEYER

SZARKOWSKI, John (dedication)

HARTSHORN, Willis (introduction)

EHRENKRANZ, Anne (essay)

"A SINGULAR REFERENCE; The Photographs of Baron Adolph De Meyer"

San Francisco. Chronicle Books. 1994. Quarto (9.75 in X 12.0 in) First Edition/1st Printing. 142 pp. Bound in original brown cloth with debossed facsimile signature to top panel. Fine in a like dustjacket. Over 100 photographs.

Adolf de Meyer (1868-1949) was a Paris born photographer who became world famous for his elegant photographic portraits of famous people. Born to a German father and Scottish mother, he was educated in Dresden, and in 1893 joined the Royal Photographic Society. In 1899, he married Olga Caracciolo, whose godfather was Edward VII. It was a marriage of convenience more than love, as de Meyer was homosexual, and his wife Olga was bisexual. Olga was involved for some time, from 1901 to 1905, in a lesbian affair with wealthy Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune. Cecil Beaton once dubbed Adolf de Meyer "the Debussy of photography".

Edward VII's relation to Olga is disputed. T are some that have claimed he was, in truth, her father, having had an affair with her mother. However, t is little truth to that claim, and at most he laid claim
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