Albert Allen

American photographer Albert Arthur Allen worked during the 1920s, a time when the United States was open to artistic exploration. Allen s photographs of the Flapper Women, wore their hair in bobs, high heels, and not much else. Unbeknownst to him, Allen had taken on the stigmatized world of nudity and politics in art.

Allen lived and worked in California, having left behind a wealthy New England upbringing and becoming a hunchbacked victim of a motorcycle accident. Allen chose to live a life of obscurity, his work only known by a select group of clientele who purchased his photographs of comely young women, such as in the Chorus Line Prints.

Although this genre of photography was already considered academic in Europe, Allen s photographs were at best described as high camp. Despite the criticism, Allen maintained that his photographs conveyed human appeal, and that the true nude gives a version of beauty, both physical and spiritual the two great needs of humanity.


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