(France 1885 – 1977?)
22.8 x 29.3 cm image/sheet
Philiberte de Flaugergues is among the many fascinating but largely forgotten female photographers from the early 20th century who broke through the ranks to work professionally as a fashion photographer between the 1920s and 40s. She is, however, better known for her female nude photographs set within highly symbolic mise-en-scène. In Flaugergues’s surrealist-influenced 'untitled' [woman in a mirror with pearl necklace] c1930, the sensuality of her erotic photographs is combined with the glamorous romanticism of her fashion work to produce an exquisitely metaphysical portrait study.
What's in a face? aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2011–05 Feb 2012