Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat (1887 – 1949) created dynamic abstract photographs, glamorous society portraits and innovative colour still lifes. In the early 1920s, he collaborated with photographer Man Ray in Paris, making portraits and abstract photograms, before moving to London where he established a portrait studio.

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In 2003 and 2007, Moffat's daughter, Penelope Smail, generously donated Moffat's extensive archive to the V&A. The archive contains over a thousand photographic prints and negatives as well as press cuttings, scrapbooks, ephemera and photographic equipment.


Header image: Aircraft with Propellers, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 20th century. Museum no. E.936-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat