GREAT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY 1950′S FASHION HENRY CLARKE

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Henry Clarke was a great great fashion photographer of Haute Couture in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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He worked for the American, French and British Vogue Magazine from 1950 to the late 70′s and was the photographer on major fashion shoots for the magazines.

 

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Born in Los Angeles in 1918, Henry Clarke, the renowned fashion photographer, discovered his calling in 1945 whilst working as an accessorist at Condé Nast in New York.

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During an encounter with the great Cecil Beaton during a photography session at Vogue’s studio, Clarke was entranced by the photographic image. He promptly abandoned his fashion job, borrowed a Rolleiflex camera and began taking pictures.

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One of his gifts was “always making the women he photographed look beautiful.” His images were the epitome of sophistication, with wisps of veil making eyes mysterious and lens magic creating more swanlike necks than ever existed.

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With the help of women like Suzy Parker, Ann Sainte Marie and Bettina, the most glamorous models of the day, Clarke captured the elegance of the modern woman: young, lively, carefree and seductive.

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He also took celebrity portraits: Anna Magnani, Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren and Maria Callas were among his best known subjects.

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Henry Clarke’s archives have been left to the Musee de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.

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 I just love these photos sizzling style….

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Fabulously elegant iconic photographs.

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  • Catwalk Creative Vintage
    September 1, 2009

    Fabulous! Thank you for sharing these amazing images.

  • Fiona Rowe
    September 1, 2009

    I love these photographs so so beautiful

  • Google-TCW
    September 9, 2009

    Hi from google Google-TCW Love your blog!!

  • Porevo
    September 13, 2009

    Love these superb pics women so so elegant great blog

  • Benoit
    January 31, 2010

    Great site!

    Best regards,

    Ben

  • Abiha ali
    February 3, 2011

    I have seen your blog its good, I Love it!!

  • Jane
    October 20, 2011

    Lovely photos but the 1050s had really bad hats

  • Sanaz
    November 17, 2011

    I LOVE the 50s love the clothing love the glamour everything!!!

  • Ryuji - Boston Photographer
    January 6, 2012

    Nice classic work! I wish it were possible to style my shoots like that …

    • Gabrielle
      January 6, 2012

      I think the style is timeless so often now you cannot even see the clothes in photoshoots these are just so gorgous

  • bettina
    March 3, 2012

    Love all these images but I’m almost certain that the image of the girl on the tube isn’t original, it’s a modern take on a vintage picture you can tell by the model and also you can see something on the wall on the left that definitely wouldn’t have been round in the 50s, sorry to be nitpicky! Great blog post though :)

  • Kaushik Haldar
    April 13, 2012

    Loved the pictures.

  • Berg
    February 8, 2014

    Excellente sélection… Merveilleux et talentueux Photographe que Henry Clarke !

  • dion
    March 22, 2014

    The London Tube picture is by Corinne Day as a salute to the original which was taken in Mornington Crescent for Dior.

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