Bright Young People: Silver Society | Photos by Curtis Moffat, 1923-35

Curtis Moffat, Ms. Greville, 1925-30

Curtis Moffat (1887–1949) was born in 1887 into a wealthy New York family. He was raised in Brittany and
attended boarding school in the United States. After a brief diplomatic career, he studied painting
in New York and from 1913-1914 at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In Paris during the 1920s,
 Moffat collaborated with Man Ray, one of several avant-garde artists to revive the photogram,
which was originally used at the invention of photography in the 1830s. Moffat's photograms are
 among the earliest examples of the 20th-century interest in camera-less, abstract photography.

Cecil Beaton, c.1925-30                                                  Curtis Moffat, Cecil Beaton, 1925

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.

Lady Diana Cooper by Curtis Moffat and Olivia Wyndham                                     Diana Cooper, c.1925-30
Curtis Moffat, Daphne du Maurier, 1925-30
Coco Chanel, c.1925-30
Curtis Moffat,  Nancy Cunard, 1925
Curtis Moffat, Golden guinness sisters, 1920
Curtis Moffat, Nudes with African masks, about 1930
Curtis Moffat, Figure study
Curtis Moffat, Miss Hoffman, 1925-1930
Tallulah Bankhead, c.1925-1930
Curtis Moffat - 'Still life', About 1925-1930

Curtis Moffat: Silver Society Experimental Photography and Design, 1923-1935 
Edited with text by Martin Barnes. Text by Mark Haworth-Booth, James Stevenson. >


Man Ray, Ezra Pound, Curtis Moffat, Louis Rothschild, Tristan Tzara and Jean Cocteau - Paris, 1927

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