Some other photos by Clarence John Laughlin.
John Gutmann (1905 – 1998) was was a german photographer. He trained as a painter then in 1933 he bought a camera and moved to United States. He started to work for magazines as a photographer. Gutmann was really interested in jazz artists and worked with lots of musicians. He created the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award.
Louis Aucoc (1850 – 1932) was a Frech jewelry designer and goldsmith. In 1877, he bought the Parisian firm “Lobjois” and changed its name to “La Maison Aucoc”. From 1895 to 1908 Aucoc was President of the Chambre syndicale de la Bijouterie-Joalerie-Orfevrerie. From 1876 to 1878 René Lalique was apprenticed to Aucoc.
In this post I showed you one of my favourites photos by Bellocq; I really love his Storyville Portraits and these are my favourite ones. Some faces have been scratched out: we don’t exactly know if this happened to hyde the identity of the prostitutes or as an extreme fetishisation of the body.
Edward Jean Steichen (1879 – 1973) was an American photographer, painter and museum curator.
He started his career officially as a painter then, when he went to New York to show his works to Stieglitz -who really appreciated his talent- he came back to France and he abandoned his painting studies at the Académie Julian. He started to focus his work on photography; once back in New York he rented a studio at 291 Fifth Avenue, that became the meeting place of “Photo-Secession”, the loose-knit group of photographers he exhibited, published, and promoted.
He was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923 to 1938 and he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
René Jules Lalique (1860 - 1945) was a French artist. He was famous for his jewellery, vases, clocks and chandeliers.
He studied and worked at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, then he spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham.
He experimented new techniques and used new prestigious materials, such as glass and enamel, ivory and amber, pearls and semi-precious stones. Lalique created designs for Aucoc, Boucheron, Cartier, Destape, Gariod, Hamelin, Jacta and many others. He created a wide range of beautiful glasswork, such as vases, desk or toilet accessories and tableware designed for industrial production.