Diane Barker on the Left Bank


Artwork Details:

  • Original Silver Gelatine print, developed and printed by Harold Chapman 
  • 1/1
  • 30.5 x 37 cm 
  • Mounted 
  • Signed 

“On the corner of the rue Saint-Jacques and rue de la Huchette on the Left Bank was a ruined building, collapsing but propped up with large logs of wood, awaiting demolition.  On it is a display of posters.  This was not legal but was one of vast patches of fly-posters which were just randomly posted up but the authorities didn’t particularly bother with them unless it caused a nuisance.  Leaning on the poster is Diane Barker in a dress designed and made by herself.  She asked me if I would like to take pictures of her clothes so she led me to this site.  ”

Harold Chapman 

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Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927.  As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography. Harold was self-taught.  He started his career as a jazz photographer in Soho. Meeting Vogue photographer, John Deakin, changed his life. He went to Paris and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.  In 1957 he moved into the Beat Hotel – then a hotel with no name – on the Left Bank and lived there untill it closed in 1963. Visit Artist page

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