Nude Photograph of Judith Malina

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Unbound. Black and white silver gelatin photograph by Weegee of Judith Malina, co-founder of the The Living Theatre, nude and backlit. Measuring 7.75" x 10". "Photo by Weegee" in an unknown hand, but probably Malina's, and Signed by Malina on the rear of the photo. Tiny bit of wear in margins, still easily fine. Accompanied by an interesting Autograph Letter Signed of provenance by Malina on stationary of The Living Theatre, as follows: "Weegee always wanted everyone to take their cloths off, men & women alike... Late one night, after the San Remo Cage closed, Weegee accompanied me home, and asked to take a nude photo. I had no inhibitions, only the demand that we not extend the nudity into sexual play - and he agreed. Weegee was very particular about the placement of the lamp. (We had floor lights in our living room because we performed there - our Theatre-in-the-room productions of Stein, Brecht, Lorca & Goodman). Weegee wanted the light to shine at just a certain angle behind me. And though I had often known him to be amorous, at this session his interest was patiently and entirely on the quality of the light & the pose - rare for a photographer known for his speed & spontaneity. Judith Malina. December 1996." An interesting sidelight on the working process and personality of an influential photographer accompanied by an arresting image.

Item #133703
ISBN: 0684193027

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Nude Photograph of Judith Malina. WEEGEE.