Lucien Waléry  

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Josephine Baker dancing the charleston at the Folies Bergère in Paris for La Revue nègre in 1926. Notice the art deco background. (Photo by Walery)
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Josephine Baker dancing the charleston at the Folies Bergère in Paris for La Revue nègre in 1926. Notice the art deco background.
(Photo by Walery)

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Lucien Waléry (1863-1935)[1] stands out in the night lights of Paris because he photographed an extraordinary number of beautiful women from most of the particular risque dance revues from the early 1900s through the 1920s.

It appears that there were 2 or even 3 photographers who used the label "Walery" to identify their photographs. The elder was Count Stanisław Julian Ostroróg (1830-1890), born in Mohylewo, Lithuania. He became a British citizen in 1862, and set up a studio in London, in 1883. Stanislaw Ostrorog used the pseudonym of Walery which he adapted from his wife's name, Waleria. After his death in 1890, his son Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count Ostrorog (1863-1935) continued the studio of his father, combining (between 1890-1900) with Alfred Ellis to become Ellis and Walery. Walery is known for his famous portraits of Queen Victoria.

The younger Count Ostrorog is often confused with Lucien Waléry, who lived and worked in Paris in the period 1900-1930, and is known for his photographs of dance revue ladies. a.o. Mata Hari and Josephine Baker[2][3]. Lucien signed his photographs "Waléry - Paris", "Yrélaw", or "Laryew". Some believe that Lucien is the same as the younger Count Ostrorog, who is supposed to have moved to Paris, around 1900. More likely Lucien is altogether a different person[4].




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