George Platt Lynes

Platinum Prints from The Kinsey Institute

The Kinsey Institute is proud to announce a limited edition series of photographs by George Platt Lynes, one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century. Five male nudes have been selected for this unique portfolio, drawn from a collection of negatives acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in the 1950s. The hand-crafted platinum prints have a beautiful tonal range that is well suited to Lynes’ distinctive compositions.

Published in an edition of 20 portfolios and 2 artists’ proofs, the photographs are approximately 8 x 10 inches and printed on 11 x 14 inch 100% rag paper. The prints are matted on acid-free museum board and presented in an elegant cloth-covered 17 x 15 x 2 inch archival box.

Payment may be made in full at the time of ordering, or may be made in two installments (50% at time of ordering, 50% at time of shipment). The Kinsey Institute will accept payment by check, money order, or wire transfer. Shipping and insurance costs will be included with full payment, and added for those ordering on deposit. Edition numbers will be issued as the orders are received.

To order a portfolio or for more information, please call 812-855-7686 and ask for the “George Platt Lynes Portfolio Purchase” or send an email with the subject “George Platt Lynes Portfolio Purchase” to kinsey@indiana.edu.

Proceeds from the sale of these photographs will go to support the unique art and library collections at The Kinsey Institute, furthering its vital mission to advance sexual health and knowledge worldwide.

Platinum Prints from George Platt Lynes Negatives

Herbert Ascherman, Jr. is a fine art photographer with an international reputation for his portraiture and figure studies. He is a master of the platinum printing process, patented in England in 1873. Each print in this portfolio was carefully made by hand by coating a sheet of acid-free paper with a solution of platinum and palladium. A platinum print is extremely stable and long-lasting, as the metal particles are permanently embedded in the paper.

George Platt Lynes Photograph Collection at The Kinsey Institute

George Platt Lynes made his living as a New York fashion and portrait photographer, but a major portion of his career was dedicated to photographing nude men, from the early 1930s until his untimely death in 1955. Through his inventive use of light, pose, and carefully staged studio settings, Lynes was able to capture a subject’s physical attributes as well as his psychological presence. Lynes did not exhibit the male nudes publicly, but he did publish several photographs in the Swiss homosexual magazine Der Kries in the early 1950s. Today, he is recognized as one of the masters of 20th century photography. His influence is evident in the photographs of artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts.

Dr. Alfred Kinsey met George Platt Lynes during a research trip to New York in 1949. Over the next six years, he acquired nearly 600 prints and more than 2300 negatives from the artist, creating one of the largest collections of Lynes’ photographic work. This valuable resource, which includes nudes, portraits, fashion, and ballet images, is made available to scholars, artists, writers, and publishers. Photographs from the Lynes collection are frequently featured in books and exhibitions.

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