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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 483

George Platt Lynes photographs


Photographs by the American photographer George Platt Lynes.


  • Creation: 1935-1953

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Photographs of fashion models and American Ballet dancers, portraits of W. H. Auden, George Balanchine, Paul Cadmus, Alexandra Danilova, Oskar Kokoschka, and self-portraits.

Biographical / Historical

Lynes worked in New York as a fashion photographer for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and took photographs for Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine of the dancers and productions of the American Ballet. He also staged and photographed a series of male nudes.


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frederich R. Koch.

Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes photographs, 1935-1953: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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