Quote Originally Posted by Tony Egan View Post
In terms of art and design movements I thought of Bauhaus but not sure the images you describe fit that criteria. Anyway, the following might give you a few names to investigate further.
http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item...d=5810&ttype=2
Thank you Tony. I had completely lost track of László Moholy-Nagy and your reference relocated him. That was a name I just couldn't remember.
I didn't find anything there that would trigger a "yes, that's it". I could be way off as far as origin, also. This may is have been Hollywood thing from the 20's. But, I thought I saw at least one book for a german photographer doing this type of work in the 20's. Just wait, in the end I'll be incorrect on every account.

Quote Originally Posted by Nikanon View Post
Pictorialism?
I'm fairly familiar with Pictorial photography. I don't think it fits that style. Soft focus is probably not a foremost characteristic. I found a photo on the web by Steichen.

http://luciaadverse.files.wordpress..../steichen7.jpg

It's similar in some ways. The clothing, hair style. Not exactly what/who I'm after. Does this genre of photography have a name or specific time period?