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Paris Nuns


Artwork Details:

  • Original Silver Gelatine print, developed and printed by Harold Chapman
  • 1/1
  • 37 x 31 cm 
  • Mounted
  • Signed 

‘When I first met Gregory Corso, he was explaining all the various projects he was involved in, one of which was a book called “Church”.  He was a great nun-collector and they were pictures of him walking behind nuns, priests and monks… He asked me if I could take a picture of him.  Off we went for a walk on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, with the artist Henri Sert, where we encountered a couple of nuns and the group of two men and two nuns was quickly taken, despite the fact that Gregory Corso turned away in embarrassment!  These two sharp-eyed nuns had spotted us before we could carry out our plan! ‘ 

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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