Diane Barker, The Barefoot Jazz Drummer


Artwork Details:

  • Original Silver Gelatine print, developed and printed by Harold Chapman 
  • 1/1
  • 36 x 42 cm 
  • Mounted
  • Signed 

“Diane Barker had a room in the Beat Hotel on the Left Bank.  She wanted a photograph of her, sitting on her bed in one of her latest creations. This is the moment that I discovered that she walked around with bare feet… Several years later I remember a short article in an American paper that Diane Barker, the barefoot jazz drummer, had had a crash on her motorcycle!! …  Next to her is Angus MacLise but all that is showing is his hand and arm… I didn’t stay long or the conversation might have turned around to who and what am I doing, which might have circulated among their friends. ”

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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