Albert Allen's work could certainly be seen as a reflection of the
"high-flying spirit of the Roaring Twenties" and seemed to
appeal less to the art collectors of the time than it did to gentlemen who
in later times would be fancying Playboy and Penthouse. This is not meant
to impugn the artistic merit of Allen's work at all, just the opposite.
Allen was just a lot more daring than his peers and this generated an
electrifying element of excitement to his photographs, something can still
be felt to this day. Initially, a lot of his models were fellow naturists,
but towards the end of the 20's he started to recruit more from newspaper
advertisements, targeting women who had come to California to chase dreams
of stardom. Allen's young women were "clearly crossing the line of
acceptable behavior for a proper woman - and they new it." That's
exactly what makes his work so exciting, so deliciously naughty.