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Female Student with Beach Ball
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Irene Bayer-Hecht
American, about 1925
Gelatin silver print
4 1/8 x 3 1/16 in.
85.XP.260.74

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In the mid-1920s, the advent of small, affordable, hand-held cameras such as the Ermanox and the Leica enabled more people to own a camera, and many photographs produced at the Bauhaus reflect the novelty and ease that these cameras brought to picture-taking. With portable cameras, people could take photographs anywhere--even at the beach--and faster films made it possible to capture motion and spontaneous moments such as this one. The woman's sportiness and skin-baring costume also attest to the changing definitions of femininity in the 1920s.