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Alfred Cheney Johnston: Portrait of a Lost Photographer
December 11, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Becker Gallery
"Julie Newmar," ca. 1950, silver gelatin print by Alfred Cheney Johnston, American, 1885-1971. Gift of Francis A. Dimnuro.

This exhibition features the commercial and personal photography of the forgotten artist, Alfred Cheney Johnston (1885–1971). A prolific commercial photographer based in New York City, Johnston was best known for his images of the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s and 1930s. Despite this success, Johnston yearned to be recognized as a true artist and found his own visual vocabulary in the female nude. Alfred Cheney Johnston: Portrait of a Lost Photographer presents two modes of his portraiture, commercial and nude, recovering the enigmatic photographic career of a prolific yet overlooked artist.