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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Masha Arms was invited to the Maryland home of author and journalist Marquis Childs and his wife, Lue Prentiss Childs, to photograph the family. Their daughter, Malissa Childs Elliot (1929-1979), later wrote novels under the pseudonym Malissa Redfield. Originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Masha Arms arrived in Washington, DC, during the Great Depression. After buying a Model G Leica camera in 1934 and teaching herself about the technical aspects of photography, she landed a job teaching photography at the King-Smith Studio School in 1936. Masha Arms' work was published in a 1936 Washington Post review of the Junior League Gallery exhibition alongside photographs by Ansel Adams and Margaret Bourke-White. In 1941, when the United States entered World War II, Masha left Washington, married William Tyler Arms of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and moved back to New England.

 

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Malissa Childs

photographer   Masha Arms (1908-2005)
date   c. 1938
location   Somerset, Maryland
height   12.75"
width   8.75"
process/materials   gelatin silver print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1997.16.17


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