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Mrs Mayer as Medusa

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Madame Yevonde, born 1893 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Vivex print

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    RPS.2348-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR106

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

1935 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Madame Yevonde, born 1893 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Vivex print

Dimensions

Height: 36.2 cm Image, Width: 29.6 cm Image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Madame Yevonde, 'Mrs Meyer as Medusa', Vivex print, 1935

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Published in V&A Publications/Thames and Hudson 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' 2018, by Marta Weiss

Book caption: A fashionable London portrait photographer, Yevonde made innovative use of the newly available Vivex colour process. This striking image belongs to her series of ‘goddess’ portraits of society women. Medusa’s face is framed by her snake-hair and her steady stare threatens to turn the viewer to stone. Yet it is Medusa herself – or more literally Mrs Mayer – who has been frozen by the camera.

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)

A fashionable London portrait photographer, Yevonde made innovative use of the newly available Vivex colour process. This striking image belongs to her series of ‘goddess’ portraits of society women. Medusa’s face is framed by her snake-hair, and her steady stare threatens to turn the viewer to stone. Yet it is Medusa herself – or more literally Mrs Mayer – who has been frozen by the camera.

Marta Weiss []

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Three-colour carbro process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Goddesses

Categories

Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society; Making It Up: Photographic Fictions

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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