Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen
The photo was published in Vanity Fair, 1928 with the caption: Gloria Swanson: The star has made a film version of Miss Thompson, the Maugham story which is better known as Rain
In his autobiography, Steichen gave a vivid description of the sitting: ‘The day I made…[these pictures]…Gloria Swanson and I had had a long session, with many changes of costume and different lighting effects. At the end of the session, I took a piece of black lace veil and hung it in front of her face. She recognized the idea at once. Her eyes dilated, and her look was that of a leopardess lurking behind leafy shrubbery, watching her prey. You don’t have to explain things to a dynamic and intelligent personality like Miss Swanson. Her mind works swiftly and intuitively.’ (A Life in Photography, Edward Steichen).