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Genevieve Naylor's post-war fashion photos in stunning colors, 1945-1959


Genevieve Naylor was born in 1915 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She attended Miss Hall School and later, at the age of 16, Music Box, an art school, where she studied painting. It was at the music box that Genevieve met his teacher, Misha Reznikoff.

Two years later, in 1933, they were in love, and when Misha moved to New York, Genevieve soon followed, and they settled into the bohemian lifestyle of Greenwich Village, living in a studio apartment – ​​filled with colorful paintings and cigarettes. Along with a huge converted stationary box and often home to parties with musicians, artists and fans that lasted several days.

In 1934, Naylor attended an exhibition by photographer Berenice Abbott and admired Abbott's work so much that he switched from painting to photography. Naylor became Abbott's apprentice in 1935, and they maintained their professional relationship until Naylor's death.

Her professional career began in 1937 when she became one of the first female photojournalists appointed by the Associated Press. In addition to AP, her photos started appearing in TIME, Fortune and LIFE magazines.

She became a renowned fashion photographer, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, McCall and Cosmopolitan.


In 1940, Genevieve Naylor was hired by the US State Department as part of a team to visit Brazil. In an effort to further strengthen anti-Nazi ties between the United States and Brazil, and to promote mutual cultural awareness, the US Office of Inter-American Affairs, led by Nelson Rockefeller, formed a team of notable Americans that included Orson Welles, Errol Flynn and Walt Disney.

Genevieve Naylor and her partner (and later husband) Misha Reznikoff arrived in Brazil in October 1940, where they showed their paintings while Miss Naylor took photographs.

Because it was a time of war, the film was rationed, and Naylor's equipment was modest. He had neither the flash nor the studio lights and had to choose his shots carefully, balancing spontaneity with careful composition.

Of her work, about 1,350 photographs have survived and been preserved. After returning to the States in 1943, Naylor became only the second female photographer to be given a one-woman show when her work was exhibited by New York's Museum of Modern Art.



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