Frida Kahlo and Her Dogs by Gisèle Freund, 1948
Both subject and photographer are eligible to be featured here.
Labeled “Mae Snyder.”
This could be two women just standing close for the camera, but take a look at the backward tilt of the one woman’s hand, reaching back affectionately to touch the other woman. Intimate. I don’t know which one is Mae.
This photo is from John Lampert’s collection of gay and lesbian vintage photos.
Alla Nazimova (1879-1945), a bisexual actor very popular with the ladies of her time. She was also very popular at the box office; at one time, she enjoyed being the highest paid actress around and starred in successful films like Camille (1921) and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944). However, between the creation of the Hays Code and the failure of the all-gay film adaptation of Salomé she produced (and for which she created her own motion picture company!), her career and power in Hollywood began to erode.