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Paul Outerbridge, Jr. © 2008 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

Paul Outerbridge
American, 1937
Carbro print
15 11/16 x 11 3/4 in.
87.XM.66.1

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This photograph was carefully composed to both obscure and reveal the model's body. Given the battery of lights and equipment required to make the exposure, it is unlikely that the figure is actually showering; rather, she is a model evoking the pleasure of doing so. Note the pale gold reflections of the studio lights on the shiny surface of the plastic, an effect that required masterful lighting skills.