Biography: Pictorial/Nudes photographer Arthur F. Kales

Biography: Pictorial/Nudes photographer Arthur F. Kales


Arthur F. Kales (1882 – 1936) received a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1903. While living in the Bay Area, he became interested in the burgeoning Pictorialist movement in photography that flourished there, and his images met with immediate success. Kales moved to Los Angeles to work in advertising but returned to San Francisco in 1917. In the following year, he nevertheless joined the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles. For fourteen years beginning in 1922, Kales wrote about Pictorialist photography in western America for the journal Photograms of the Year.

Female Nude in the Woods Seated on a Large Rock

Female Nude in the Woods Seated on a Large Rock. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Two Partially Nude Females in Blond Wigs Stretching Outdoors

Two Partially Nude Females in Blond Wigs Stretching Outdoors. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

The Hamadryad, 1919

The Hamadryad, 1919. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Partially Nude Female with Hands on Hips, 1920

Partially Nude Female with Hands on Hips, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Nude and Glass

Nude and Glass. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Back View of a Dancer Wearing a Sheer Costume at the Beach, 1920

Back View of a Dancer Wearing a Sheer Costume at the Beach, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Portrait, 1920

Portrait, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Morning Blossoms, 1917

Morning Blossoms, 1917. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

From the Ballet, 1920

From the Ballet, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Nude Study: Man and Woman Dancers in a Forest Setting, 1920

Nude Study: Man and Woman Dancers in a Forest Setting, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales

Female Nude on Rocky Cliff, 1920

Female Nude on Rocky Cliff, 1920. Photo: Arthur F. Kales


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