Artist Profile

Paul Outerbridge


Paul Outerbridge was an American photographer who became well known for his experiments in color photography.

Outerbridge began his career as a photographer while enlisted for the U.S. Army. In 1921, he enrolled in the Clarence H. White school of photography at Columbia University and showed a promising career right away. Within a year, his prints began to be published in Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.

In 1925, Outerbridge was invited to exhibit in a one-man show and soon began to travel the world, working with famous artists of his time, and further developing his career.

As a very progressive artist of his time, Outerbridge began a series of erotic nude photographs. These photographs were not exhibited during his lifetime and created a scandal, leading him to head West to become a commercial photographer in Hollywood. It was in Hollywood that he met his future wife and colleague, fashion designer Lois Weir. Outerbridge died in 1958 due to lung cancer after a very fulfilling and successful career.



Works in Our Collection

Paul Outerbridge
William Current and His First Wife
Gelatin silver print, 1950
2-1/8 x 2-1/4 inches
Museum Purchase with funds from the Motivated Museum Members