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This photograph shows a severe pageboy look, with the head off-center and looming in the frame and a bold, two-tone backdrop. Published in Vanity Fair's January 1929 issue, everything about this image felt modern -- in keeping with the liberated Louise Brooks: free spirit, intellect, nightclub dancer, and transatlantic screen star. Although her sexually charged work in prewar Germany scandalized Hollywood and doomed her career, Brooks was one of the most seductive and assertive film figures of the period. Reclusive later in life, she became a venerated movie scholar and critic in her own right. In excerpts from a previously unpublished 1977 exchange with Tom Dardis, first published in Vanity Fair two decades later, Brooks spoke with characteristic frankness about her explorations of new sexual frontiers that some stars charted during the Roaring 20s.
This beautiful silver gelatin print comes with an option of a black or white frame.
This print is part of a limited-edition selection by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his team, of a photograph taken from the magazine’s archives. Revamped by Condé Nast in 1914, Vanity Fair has published the writings and photographs of some of the great American luminaries, including Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton. Each print in this edition is stamped and numbered.