'Nudes with African masks'
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. E.1342-2007
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Moffat’s numerous nude studies include a series of female models posed with African masks. Although he may have been inspired by Man Ray’s celebrated photograph Noir et Blanche (1926), the interest in African sculpture—later a motif in Moffat’s interior design showrooms at Fitzroy Square—was also the latest avant-garde trend of this period. In addition to the formalist nude studies he made in the strong, artificial light of the studio, Moffat also photographed nudes outdoors, often in more playful poses.