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Old 01-21-2011, 05:20 AM
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The Smithsonian responded, hurray!

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Margaret French, George Tooker and Jared French, Nantucket
PaJaMa
c. 1946
Gelatin silver print
D. C. Moore Gallery, New York

The photographic partnership PaJaMa-consisting of Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), Jared French (1905-1988), and Margaret French (1889-1973)-was founded on their intertwined personal relationships. The trio, whose label was taken from their first names, regularly summered together and made themselves the objects of photographic projects, notably in a stylized series of pictures taken on the beaches of Fire Island and Nantucket. Jared French and Cadmus had been lovers, and when French married Margaret Hoenig in 1937, the partners incorporated her into their preexisting relationship. The PaJaMa ménage was free-floating, adding people-as friends, lovers, and artistic collaborators-such as George Tooker and Lincoln Kirstein. These relationships created a protective space where the fluid boundaries of personal relationships enabled artistic creativity and experimentation.
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