Unidentified fashion model

1 portrait on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

Unidentified fashion model, by Francis Goodman, circa 1936-1937 - NPG x137226 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unidentified fashion model

by Francis Goodman
vintage bromide print, circa 1936-1937
9 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (239 mm x 190 mm) overall
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x137226

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  • Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1247 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Goodman wrote in 1934: 'A fashion picture is right only when the dress is “alive,” and every dress has such a moment.' He suggested that a fashion photographer can 'make good use of the angle. A dress may be made to look more effective by showing it from an out of the ordinary point of view'. Goodman's early fashion photographs reveal the influence of Peter Rose Pulham. Goodman took over Rose Pulham's studio in 1936 when the latter moved to Paris to become a painter.

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