Something Lolita


something lolita
"Something to do with Lolita"
   64" x 41"    oil on panel
I saw this photo in the library of congress picture collection.
Arnold Genthe seated next to a woman in his studio in San Francisco
"Arnold Genthe seated next to a woman friend in his studio in San Francisco". I found the photo provocative and envisioned variations on Lolita. In other Genthe photos I believe I have seen her as a model. Arnold Genthe produced intimate glamorous photos at a time when most photography was simple documentation. As beautiful as the photo is it has a heart breaking technical issue. Taken around 1900 on a 5"x7" class plate Genthe or someone tried to improve the photo by drawing on the glass negative to lighten the shadows in the faces. Mark Preuss
Arnold Genthe seated next to a woman in his studio in San Francisco
The negative is unprintable at a large format but remains haunting none the less . The altered negative prompted me to paint the image.
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