Monday, January 9, 2012

Through the Lens: Henry Clarke


Model photographed in Palmero, Italy, wearing a red chiffon pleated dress by Junior Sophisticates.  Vogue, December 1967.

Henry Clarke was a fashion photographer who was renowned for his work in the 1950s and '60s.  His photographs were featured in such publications as American, British and French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.  His photos always conveyed an air of elegance, glamor and sophistication.

The progression of Clarke's career was a natural one -- he began as a window dresser in the I. Magnin department store in San Francisco, went to New York and became a background and accessorizing assistant at Vogue's studio -- and it was seeing Cecil Beaton in action that inspired him to pursue fashion photography. (Source)

Vogue Paris bureau chief Susan Train said that Clarke had a gift for "always making the women he photographed look beautiful."  Below are an assortment of some of my favorite photos.

 
A model wearing Emilio Pucci, Vogue, January 1965.

A model in Givenchy at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, as 4 athletes look on.

From a 1954 issue of Vogue.  Model wears Jacques Fath.


Vogue, 1961


Model in Portugal, 1952

Suzy Parker, 1963

Photo Sources:
condenaststore.com 
smashboxstudios.com  
milliardmag.com 
ana-lee.livejournal.com 

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