Arnold Genthe Camera Negative Vintage 1920s Pictorialist Nude Dancer Photograph

Arnold Genthe Camera Negative Vintage 1920s Pictorialist Nude Dancer Photograph

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  • Original/Reprint: Original Print
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Signed?: Unsigned
  • Date of Creation: Pre-1950
  • Photo Type: Negative
  • Subject: Nudes
  • Color: Black & White
  • Framing: Unframed
  • Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 7in.)
  • Artist: Arnold Genthe

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