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Curtis Moffat: Silver Society

Experimental Photography and Design, 1923-1935

Edited with text by Martin Barnes. Text by Mark Haworth-Booth, James Stevenson.

Curtis Moffat: Silver SocietyThis is the first publication on the American modernist photographer Curtis Moffat (1887-1949), who is known for his dynamic abstract photographs, innovative color still lifes and some of the most glamorous society portraits of the early 20th century. He was also a pivotal figure in modernist interior design and furniture. Living in London throughout the 1920s and early 1930s, in the era of the "Bright Young Things," Moffat produced stylish photographic portraits of leading figures in high society, theatre and the arts, including Cecil Beaton, the Sitwells, Nancy Cunard, Lady Diana Cooper, Tallulah Bankhead and Daphne du Maurier.

In 2003 and 2007, Moffat's daughter, Penelope Smail, generously donated her father's extensive archive to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This book is drawn from that archive and includes, in addition, digital reconstructions of color images from original tri-carbro process black-and-white negatives. It reveals Moffat's pioneering but hitherto little-known photography in all its depth and beauty.

Featured image is reproduced from Curtis Moffat: Silver Society.

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New York Magazine

Lena Rawley

After World War I, photographer Curtis Moffat moved…from New York to London, where he opened a photography studio with the British socialite and society photographer Olivia Wyndham. Over the next decade, Moffat’s stylish portraits of society women would capture the city’s 'Bright Young Things' — a name the British tabloids gave to a raucous crowd of young bohemian aristocrats and socialites.

Independent Photographer

Josh Bright

Reveals some of [Curtis Moffat's] most compelling photographic works, drawn from the extensive archives[...] It includes portraits, photograms, candid ‘snapshots’, and a selection of striking color imagery.

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Curtis Moffat: Silver Society, Experimental Photography and Design, 1923-1935

Curtis Moffat: Silver Society is the first book ever published on the American Modernist who studied photography with Man Ray in Paris before taking the London society world by storm in the roaring twenties. A friend and colleague of many of the most influential figures of the pre-war avant-garde, including Tristan Tzara, Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, Tallulah Bankhead and Ezra Pound, Moffat produced experimental abstract photographs in black-and-white and in color, in addition to portraits of "bright young things" like the iconoclastic heiress and flamboyant muse, Nancy Cunard, pictured here circa 1925. continue to blog


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