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23-09-2005
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Edgar de Evia - Photographer 1910-2003
Edgar de Evia was born in Merida where his great grandfather had been a governor or the Yucatan when it was separate from Mexico. He moved with his parents to New York City ca. 1915 and was graduated from the Dalton School.

After a brief period with AP he took the position of research assistant to the Doctor Guy Beckley Stearns where he worked with the Boyd Emmanometer developed by Doctor William E Boyd in Glasgow, Scotland. The doctor gave the young de Evia a RolleiFlex and would take him on walks though the park at lunchtime. Coaching him he would explain how the camera could not think and that he must learn to see what the lens saw to interpret for the camera.

Living in the same building where the doctor's laboratory was housed was the grandmother of Robert Denning 1927-2005, who just died on 26 August 2005 and would go on to become the celebrity decorator. His New York Times obituary by Mitchell Owens appeared in Paris and from coast to coast in this country. One newspaper ran this under the headline HE FEATHERED THE NESTS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS.

I was fortunate to know Edgar for forty years and in the last years of his life Bod, Edgar and I spent many evenings together over dinner. As I sort and organize the huge collection of photographs, negatives and transparencies I will try to scan the better ones and post them to this thread for comment. There are photographs of many of the famous models from Lisa Fonssagrives and Dovima to Wilhelmina.

His photographs appeared in both editorial assignments as well as many commercial accounts. He never lost his love of photography and well into his eighties he would mount his bicycle with a backpack carrying his latest camera to take off on an experimental photoshoot be it in lower Manhattan or to take the train to Connecticut or upstate New York where he would get off and unfold his bicycle and ride to a point of interest. I've found over forty unique photographs of lower Manhattan which include the World Trade buildings, so far. One of his first photographs of the twin towers was of me when the first tower was under construction in 1969.

Any posts of other photographs by Edgar de Evia and comments on his work and life would be welcomed.

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Lisa Fonssagrives
A photograph taken by Edgar de Evia of Lisa Fonssagrives.



Does anyone know who the male model is? This was taken in Edgar's home in the Rhinelander Mansion at 867 Madison Avenue @ 72nd Street. This is today the flagship of Polo Ralph Lauren.

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Tower One - World Trade Center
This is one of the first photographs that Edgar de Evia took of the Twin Towers.



The model is David McJonathan-Swarm. It appeared in the EASTMAN KODAK publication Studio Light in 1969. It utilizes a system of diffusion for with the photographer was well known.

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Edgar's father
This is one of Edgar's early B/W portraits taken of his father.


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thanks for the info, Doc so sad to hear he has passed. the first picture above with the man and woman is quite lovely... it would be great to see more

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Edgar had always had an interest in drawing and he frequently would sketch something even on a paper napkin in a restaurant. After mobility became more difficult he would go to his Power Mac every morning and draw. Something from a sketch, something inspired by a photograph in the morning New York Times or an interpretation of a drawing by a Master in a book or catalog.



This was the last drawing that Edgar did before he fell and broke his hip. He named it "Beatrice" as it was inspired by a photograph with a reflection in the plate glass window of a Starbucks where David McJonathan-Swarm was meeting his mother Beatrice.

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thanks for the info, Doc so sad to hear he has passed. the first picture above with the man and woman is quite lovely... it would be great to see more
Thanks Lisa Fonssagrives was one of the top sophisticated models of her time. She was married to two photographers, first to Fernand Fonssagrives, who also died in 2003 although they had been divorced and both remarried, and she was then married to Irving Penn.

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Classic photograph by Edgar de Evia of Dovima
This is a classic photograph by Edgar de Evia of the supermodel Dovima.
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I like the "not focused" effect, but I'm not sure if I'll exactly fell in love with these.

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The soft focus or "Tissot like effect" as Melvin Sokolshy would call it was a favorite technique which Edgar perfected in the late 1940s.

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I like these.. the one in #8 is just priceless.. thanks for bringing him to my attention

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This is a B/W photograph that Edgar de Evia took of the Twin Towers from across the water around 1990.
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doc, i appreciate that you're sharing de evia's work with us but could you please attach images as large as the last one (not to mess up the site format) and also please provide a source for every image you post. thank you!

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doc, i appreciate that you're sharing de evia's work with us but could you please attach images as large as the last one (not to mess up the site format) and also please provide a source for every image you post. thank you!
Sure, I can try to resize them. All of the photos that I have posted are from the original prints or transparencies to which I own all rights.

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Wilhelmina
This photograph of Wilhelmina was taken by Edgar de Evia in his Manhattan home in the Rhinelander Mansion, at 867 Madison Avenue at 72nd Street, which is today the flagship of Polo Ralph Lauren.

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