New York: James L Kriegsmann, [c. 1960s]. 7 black & white silver gelatin prints, 6 prints 8 1/8 x 9 7/8 in., 1 print 8 x 10 in. Some markings from tape, one print bottom corner cut (image unobstructed), otherwise all very good. Item #5750
A selection of photographs by James J Kriegsmann, a New York City photographer lauded for his portraits and publicity shots of celebrities from the 1930s through the 1960s. Kriegsmann photographed many Motown notables and stars including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Smokey Robinson and “Little” Stevie Wonder. Kriegsmann became the official in-house photographer for Harlem’s Cotton Club and his studio, in its time, was the largest headshot photography studio in the world.
This selection of prints show a side of Kriegsmann’s work that is less known and decidedly more provocative, featuring burlesque and exotic dancers of the 50’s and 60’s, including Patti Wayne ‘The Wall Street Playgirl,’ Julie Taylor ‘The Girl With the Educated Derriere’ and Mini Ha Ha, ‘’The Coppertone Seminole’ in a variety of boudoir and burlesque costumes and poses.