Flash of inspiration: Baron Gayne (Adolph) de Meyer

Adolph Gayne de Meyer (3 September 1868 – 6 January 1949) was a photographer who became famous for his elegant photography portraits in the early 1900s.

Celebrities such as Mary Pickford, Rita Lydig, Luisa Casati, Billie Burke, Lillian Gish, Ruth St. Denis, King George V of the United Kingdom, and even the Queen Mary, were all photographed by de Meyer. The first official fashion photographer for American Vogue, his long and successful career is regarded as one of the first masters of fashion photography.

“He deliberately focuses his camera not upon the sparkle of an eye but upon the light which illuminates the eye.” (Observation on de Meyer in Camera Work 1914)

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