Nonchalance, an early bromide photograph from a paper negative by Dr. Max Thorek, (1880-1960) was exhibited in the Second International Salon of Pictorial Photography in Estonia. Sponsored by the Eesti Foto Klub, the exhibition featuring 235 photographs from photographers around the world and held in Tallinn from November 23 through December 8, 1929. Nonchalance is listed under Thorek’s name in the catalogue as a (B)romide print, exhibit #45. Thorek, a member of the RPS beginning in 1926 and Associate in 1928, is listed as the latter when this photograph was initially exhibited in Estonia, but became a Fellow in the RPS a day after the exhibit closed. Besides being an internationally recognized surgeon based in Chicago, Thorek somehow found the time to be one of the most prolific contributors to photographic salons around the world from the 1930’s and into the 1940’s.

print notes recto: signed by the artist in graphite on secondary mount lower left: Nonchalance; signed and underlined by Thorek at lower right: Dr. Max Thorek  F.R. PS (Fellow Royal Photographic Society)  This example most likely printed around 1930 shortly after he became a Fellow in the RPS.

verso: in graphite: Swera (?)

print provenance: acquired 2015 from Wisconsin estate.


Image Dimensions31.0 x 23.5 cm glued

Support DimensionsDetail: 31.4 x 23.7 cm black paper | 41.1 x 33.6 cm cream-colored mount with impressed window