1945. The camera tilt, emphasised by the vase, lends this shot a real tension. Perhaps Robert Coburn was remembering his early experience as a boy watching his father at work in the stills gallery at Columbia:
I can remember, he shot practically all his portraits on 8 x 10… and he had swings and tilt on the camera, this way and that, he could almost make it sing, he was turning it so fast.
The caption on the back of the photo reads:
A PORTRAIT – of Marguerite Chapman, soon to appear in Columbia’s “Counter-Attack.”