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Hands of Kreutzberg
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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, April 12, 1932
Gelatin silver print
9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in.
87.XM.61.1

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Harald Kreutzberg, a leading figure in the German modern dance movement, was known for his trademark shaved head, elaborate costumes, and elegant, expressive hand gestures. Edward Weston saw him perform in Carmel, California, in 1932. Though emotionally unmoved by the performance, Weston nonetheless asked the dancer if he could make his portrait. To neutralize what he deemed Kreutzberg's forced, theatrical poses, Weston isolated his expressive form against the sky.