George Hoyningen Huene is probably the closest I could think of as an "art deco" photographer. There is one image below that comes close to what you described. I also thought of the the Rolls Royce hood ornament "the spirit of ecstasy" after reading your description! I think it would date to the same period.
p.s. then there is Horst P Horst who came a little after HH
Yeah, I'd look at Horst P Horst & also Cecil Beaton from that era. Camp glamour fashion photography, not sure if it had a name.
Edwin Hesser, Murray and Cheney johnston might fit you bill
Thanks to everyone for the your thoughts on this impossible mission. All the suggestions thus far have really helped. I do think that a number of Hoyningen-Huene shots at the following link come very close to what I'm wanting to describe.
Some appear to stand out . . .
Maybe "1920's-1930's Glam-Fashion in front of big wall using directional lighting" would be a good name for it. :D I didn't think much about it until today, but Ian would surely want to strangle me for bring up the subject of styles. I'd probably deserve a good throttling on that account.
Persistance meets with success.
I believe I can put a proper name to the this type of photography. It's not a style of photography as I had originally thought. It's simply the subject of the photographs, which in this case turns out to be Dance and Modern Dance. And more specifically, Dance and Modern Dance from the late 1800's and early twentieth century. One notable photographer in this area would have been Arnold Genthe, who's "The Book of the Dance" even goes as far as to depict the Bubble Dance mentioned earlier. Now that was a lucky find. I had seen these types of images many years ago.
Thanks to all for the suggestions and help provided on this daunting puzzle. I can now search out other photographers who worked in this area.
Ode on a Grecian Urn?
I think it was called the 'pretentious school' of art. Beloved of Bertie Wooster...
Now ya done it.
Here's a coupla books to check out.
L'Amour fou/ Photography and Surrealism ISBN 0-89659-576-5 by Rosalind Krauss and Jane Livingston
The Nude in Czech Photography ISBN 80-86217-35-3 BY Vladimir Birgus and Jan MLcoch
Czech Photographic Avant-Garde 1918-1948 By Vladimir Birgus ISBN 0-262-02516-7
A Photographer who may show up in one of these is Dritikol(sp) Who did a lot with Art Moderne shapes & figure.