Untitled [Portrait of Paul Cadmus]
9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (24.1 x 17.1 cm) (image)
PaJaMa was a moniker for an artist collective formed by the combination of the first two letters of the names of artists Paul Cadmus and married artists Jared French and Margaret French. Working in photography, PaJaMa made portraits of their friends, most of whom were young, beautiful and gay and moved in New York’s art, dance or literary circles in the 1930s and 40s. Cadmus and French were openly lovers within the trio. As PaJaMa, the trio staged and photographed evocative nude and seminude figurative tableaus that appear frozen in time, often with landscape of Fire Island as their setting.
Swann Auction Galleries, Sale 2583 Fine Photographs, October 21, 2021, Lot 215