Alfred Cheney Johnston

Though, not actually a pinup photographer, we felt that Alfred Cheney Johnston deserved special mention, here, at the American Pinup. Johnston could more accurately be labeled the father of glamour photography. Johnston was born on April 8, 1885, into an affluent banking family, which lived in Mount Vernon, NY. He attended the National Academy of Design in New York, where he studied painting and illustration.

Johnston is most noted for his relationship with famous American Broadway impresiaro, Florenz (Flo) Ziegfeld, who was known as the “glorifier of the American girl” and showcased beautiful women prominently in his famous Ziegfeld Follies. Johnston’s timeless photographs featured the women who performed for Ziegfeld, some of whom went on to become famous Hollywood actresses.

Gallery of Alfred Cheney Johnston

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