N.p.: N.p., circa 1919-1924. Two unique photo albums with a total of 712 silver gelatin prints, 5 x 7 inches, either tipped-in or corner mounted, all documenting fashionably dressed women, photographed outdoors on the street, in the park, or at the races. As such, an early precedent for the “street style” genre of fashion photography. Pen notations within both albums date the photographs to August 1919, October 1921, and August 1924. At least one photograph is stamped by French photographer Paul Géniaux; others are known to have been taken by him. The albums are notable for both the quality and consistency of their images. In many of the pictures, the subject poses before an anonymous crowd in the background, slightly out of focus, creating the sense that each portrait is of an individual who "stands out from the crowd" through their personal style. In this disciplined and repeated format, Géniaux has created an encyclopedic survey of women's fashion that represents perhaps the first comprehensive document of street-style photography. Unlike the theatrical idealizations of fashion-plate illustration and studio photography, Géniaux set up his camera in public places and simply photographed fashionable women as they had decided to dress themselves for society outings; the consistency of the framing suggests an almost typological approach to photography. Shot over a span of five years between 1919-1924, the photographs also document a growing comfort and acceptance of cameras; as the 1920s advance, the women take on poses that are more relaxed, casual, yet increasingly self-aware of what the lens will capture. Altogether, a remarkable, early example of “street style” photography as well as a unique, humanistic portrait of how stylish European women actually dressed during the early 1920. Although Géniaux displays a distinct photographic sensibility, his documentarian portraits fit into a similar gestalt as intra-war contemporaries such as August Sander. An untapped trove by a little known photographic pioneer. Tipped-in photographs uniformly near fine; first album (by date) near fine in gold-embossed leather boards with cloth spine (minor loss to gilt on the front of album and evidence of removed book plate to interior); second volume near fine in gold-embossed half bound leather boards with bookplate, as well as evidence of removed bookplate on inside of front board. An exceptional survival.