Edward Steichen shoots – Charles Chaplin

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  1. Heather in Arles
    December 13, 2013

    I remember the first time that I saw this photo I did a double take! That is Charlie Chaplin? And I understood that is who he truly was and that the shadow on the wall behind him, looming large was the silhouette of his created character and his fame. It is an exceptional photograph. I don’t think that anyone captured him as well, save maybe Avedon (http://www.antiqbook.com/boox/lop/017958.shtml) .

    • December 13, 2013

      It’s an entire life in a single image — exactly!

  2. December 13, 2013

    Dearest V
    What an handsome man Charles Chaplin was.
    A well developed body and toned mind, not to mention a sure, steady sort of face.
    His treatment, it goes without saying, was nothing short of a disgrace.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Luanne
    December 13, 2013

    So handsome!

  4. December 13, 2013

    Am I the only one who finds Chaplin, with his smile and the lighting and such being the way it is, slightly demonic looking in this photograph?

    • December 14, 2013

      A diabolical genius? Hm…

      • December 14, 2013

        Well, he certainly is/was a genius. He’s slightly frightening in this picture, though, but maybe that’s just me. It IS a good picture.

      • December 14, 2013

        I went back to study the picture, I think it’s his expression, looking up from under his brows, with a kind of wild grin, and that huge shadow looming behind… Well spotted!

      • December 14, 2013

        Exactly! Glad to know someone else could see it, too.

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