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Alfred Cheney Johnston’s portriaits of beauties of the early 20th century are nothing short of magic. In 1917 Johnston was hired to be the photographer for the Ziegfeld Follies and remained until the Depression struck. Meanwhile, Johnston also contracted small side jobs, photographing portraits for aspiring actresses and other ladies of society. Below are some his photographs from that era. Myrna-Darby

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Alfred Cheney Johnson

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Ziegfeld Model - Non-Risque - by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Alfred Cheney Johnson

Alfred Cheney Johnson

Johnston’s photography is not all this tame, though… his behind the scenes photo shoots of Ziegfeld’s Vaudevillesque show girls went undiscovered until his death in 1971. The full-frontal but mesmerizingly artistic portraiture would have been too risque for public appreciation at that time, so the suspicion is that these nude prints were for his own private collection. Quel Scandale!

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