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    Sally Rand by Edward S. Curtis (1925). Portrait (8" X 10").
    Vintage gelatin silver, double weight, satin finish photo. This fascinating and extremely rare photograph of fan dancer Sally Rand was taken by the legendary Edward S. Curtis. Although best known for his extensive portfolio of images of the disappearing West and Native Americans, an astronomical compilation of over 40,000 images, which are highly prized and critically acclaimed as an important documentation of lost tribes, he did have a short career in Hollywood in the early 1920s. Curtis had a photography studio in Los Angeles, as well as a position as an assistant cameraman for Cecil B. DeMille, even shooting some of DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments. It was during this time that Rand, who had already received quite a bit of attention for her provocative fan dance, and bubble dance, arrived in Hollywood to work for DeMille in 1925. It is interesting to note that in this simple and artistic portrait, Curtis chose to have Rand pose with a Native American pottery, an homage to his favorite subject. Recto: Curtis, L.A. signature in the negative. Verso: Curtis Biltmore Studios, L.A. credit stamp in black ink. Very Fine+.


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