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Harry Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 25 February 1954
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Photographs Collection
NPG x35417

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  • Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2147 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.

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