George Platt Lynes was an American fashion and commercial photographer. He developed close friendships within a larger circle of artists including Jean Cocteau and Julien Levy, the art dealer and critic. Levy would exhibit his photographs in his gallery in New York City in 1932 and Lynes would open his studio there that same year. He was soon receiving commissions from Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country and Vogue including a cover with perhaps the first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives. In 1935 he was asked to document the principal dancers and productions of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine's newly founded American Ballet Company (now the New York City Ballet). Lynes continued to shoot fashion photographs, working with such major clients as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. By the mid-1940s he grew disillusioned with New York and left for Hollywood in 1946 where he took the post of Chief Photographer for the Vogue studios. He photographed Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Gloria Swanson and Orson Welles, from the film industry as well as others in the arts, among them Aldous Huxley, Igor Stravinsky and Thomas Mann.
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