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Joan Craven

(1897-1979), Photographer

Artist of 17 portraits

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Yvonne Arnaud, by Joan Craven - NPG x198084

Yvonne Arnaud

by Joan Craven
bromide postcard print, early 1920s
NPG x198084

Norah Robinson, by Joan Craven - NPG x198131

Norah Robinson

by Joan Craven
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG x198131

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39234

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print on cream-toned mount, 1925
NPG x39234

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39235

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print on cream card mount, 1925
NPG x39235

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39236

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print, 1925
NPG x39236

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39237

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print on black tint and white mount, 1925
NPG x39237

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39238

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print on black tint on white card, 1925
NPG x39238

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39239

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned print on white card and tint mount, 1925
NPG x39239

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39240

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print on white card and tint mount, 1925
NPG x39240

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39241

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print on white card and black tint mount, 1925
NPG x39241

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39242

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print on white card and black tint mount, 1925
NPG x39242

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39243

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1930-1935
NPG x39243

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39244

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print on cream card and black and white tint mount, circa 1930-1935
NPG x39244

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39245

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
cream-toned bromide print on white and black tint and cream card mount, 1931-1933
NPG x39245

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39246

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
bromide print, 1931-1933
NPG x39246

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39247

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
bromide print, 1931-1933
NPG x39247

Harriet Cohen, by Joan Craven - NPG x39248

Harriet Cohen

by Joan Craven
bromide print, 1931-1933
NPG x39248

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Yahya El-droubie

18 May 2018, 12:30

Joan Craven was born Mabel Craven in Leeds in 1897. Her photography career began in the 1920s when she opened a studio on Bond Street. Her work included photographs of ballerinas including Lydia Sokolova and Alexandra Danilova, and early portrait subjects include the French actress and pianist Yvonne Arnaud and British pianist Harriet Cohen. Some Joan’s pictures of Cohen are held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Later on, Joan shared studios with Walter Bird at Kinocrat House on the Cromwell Road, London. By the 1950s Joan was specialising in “figure photography”, and she photographed famous pin-ups of the era including Pamela Green. Several of her nude studies appeared in Photograms of the Year albums, and she was prominently featured in a number of American magazines dedicated to the genre.

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