Unidentified fashion model

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

Unidentified fashion model, by Francis Goodman, circa 1935 - NPG x137228 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unidentified fashion model

by Francis Goodman
vintage bromide print, circa 1935
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (243 mm x 182 mm) image size
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x137228

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

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Goodman wrote about fashion photography in 1934: 'Photography as a medium of showing clothes is fast catching up with fashion drawing, and this despite the fact that […] In a drawing the artist can eliminate or modify lines that are not pleasing or create a figure to suit them: but in a photograph one must accept those lines and make them pleasing.' He also likened a good fashion photographer to a dressmaker: 'they need a dressmaker's qualities to understand the dress.'

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