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Ruth St. Denis
Gelatin silver print
7 in. x 9 9/16 in. (17.78 cm x 24.29 cm)
Claremont Colleges Library
Photography from the Scripps College Collection, Gift of Mr. Ramiel McGehee, Accession Number: PH3
Portrait of the dancer Ruth St. Denis, wearing an elaborate costume. One in a series of photographs of St. Denis taken by Weston, this image presents her as a delicate and picturesque icon. Weston's work before 1920 often features both a soft focus and a neo-romantic style, which was the dominant mode of photography at the time. Very few of his exhibited prints from this period still exist.