wingate paine was a mayflower new englander, an ex-marine captain, an enthusiastic gourmet, and founder of a photographic fellowship at andover. he broke with the family tradition of law, banking and the ministry to become a first-rand photographer. mirror of venus is his most well-known (and well-regarded) book: a series of gentle and joyous black and white nudes described as his "visual valentine to feminine beauty". with text by francoise sagan (author of bonjour tristesse) and federico fellini (director of la dolce vita and 8 1/2). "paine viewed his models with appreciation and respect, as well as desire. paine’s women stand on the threshold of 60s’ feminism. one foot remains in the sexist realm of men (as expressed in the text of fellini), while the other foot enters a more empowered women’s sphere (given voice by sagan)." --steven kasher gallery, new york.