Curtis Moffat

Photography Centre, Rooms 99 – 101

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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.

Exploring Curtis Moffat

Photo of Abstract Composition, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.880-2003. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Abstract Composition, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.880-2003. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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

Photo of Snapshot, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1219-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Snapshot, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1219-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Snapshot, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.850-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Snapshot, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.850-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Staircase in the home of Coco Chanel, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925, France. Museum no. E.838-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Staircase in the home of Coco Chanel, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925, France. Museum no. E.838-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Lady Diana Cooper (Viscountess Norwich), photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1553-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Lady Diana Cooper (Viscountess Norwich), photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1553-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Nude, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.1315-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Nude, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.1315-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Cecil Beaton, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1668-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Cecil Beaton, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1668-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Still life, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.1001-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Still life, photograph by Curtis Moffat, 1925 – 30. Museum no. E.1001-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Photograph, Curtis Moffat, 20th century. Museum no. E.1057-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Photograph, Curtis Moffat, 20th century. Museum no. E.1057-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Abstract Composition, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E. 2559-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Abstract Composition, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E. 2559-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Photo of Ms Greville, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1590-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
Ms Greville, photograph by Curtis Moffat, about 1925. Museum no. E.1590-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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