This is a black-and-white photograph of a shirtless man with a tree branch against a studio backdrop.
Unknown Myth (John Ferencz)

c. 1935

Studio stamp in ink, verso

Vintage gelatin silver print

9.125 x 7 inches (23.2 x 17.8 cm)


David Leddick, George Platt Lynes (Taschen: Köln, Germany, 2000), pp. 212, 229, full-page illus.

David Leddick writes: “[George Platt Lynes’s] photograph of John Ferencz becoming a tree may have some relationship to the story of the nymph who becomes a tree in order to escape her pursuer. The effect was accomplished simply by having the model pose behind a stark fragment of tree limb and removing, by retouching, the half of his lower body that protruded beyond the tree on one side.”

Work by George Platt Lynes (1907-1955)