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Best of May 2019 : Rare Pictures from George Platt Lynes Emerge in Auction


Earlier this month Skinner Auctioneers presented aprivate collection of photographs from George Platt Lynes made available to the public. The collection included both commercial portraiture of gay writers and musicians—such as E.E. Cummings and Virgil Thompson— as well as examples of the iconic photographs of nude men for which Lynes is best known. A pioneer of queer photography, Lynes is acknowledged as a twentieth-century master, especially for his innovative use of lighting and poses. Due to the taboo surrounding the images and a fear of persecution, Lynes’ nude and homoerotic work remained largely unpublished until the late twentieth century. Lynes...

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