Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Shadowland
In this photograph stands an unknown woman against a stark black background holding an issue of Shadowland, a popular theater magazine that circulated in the 1910s-20s. The figure wears a tattered shirt and skirt and polka-dotted headscarf as a pirate-inspired outfit. She holds a large issue of Shadowland that covers her midsection and that has been perhaps brightened by Hixon in the development process to stand out against the figure and the photograph as a whole, appearing almost as if it was transposed onto it. The featured issue is from October of an unspecified year but is one of the many covers designed by A. M. Hopfmüller, whose cover series was known for its soft, art-deco dreamscapes. Shadowland deemed itself a magazine for the arts, as each issue had a variety of articles spanning the most recent productions in film, theater, dance, and visual arts. As a photographer of numerous Hollywood and vaudeville performers, Hixon's work was regularly featured in this publication.