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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

M. F. (Miles F.) Weaver. Balboa Bathing Parade, 1925. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (43.00.00)

MILES WEAVER. Balboa Bathing Parade. California, 1925

Photographing bathing beauties was a specialty of Miles F. Weaver, who set up a family-run studio in Los Angeles in 1916. Note how the shadows fall behind their feet on the left of the image and in front on the right. Because the subjects were standing in a semicircle while the image was captured with a swing-lens panoramic camera, the women on one side faced the sun and those on the other side had the sun on their backs. Weaver’s subjects also included early Academy Awards celebrations, religious revivals, movie publicity stills, and, during World War I, photographs of soldiers on military bases in the Southwest.