Lux T. Feininger (American, born Germany, 19102011)
Gelatin silver print; 3 5/16 x 4 1/2 in. (8.4 x 11.4 cm)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.107)
The Charleston, a fast-paced American jazz dance, swept through Europe after Josephine Baker introduced it to Parisian audiences in the Revue Nègre in 1925. The surprisingly tilted frame of this photograph suggests that, like the dancer (Xanti Schawinsky) and his accompanist (Clemens Röseler), the photographer too had become infected with the music's swinging rhythms.