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May 8, 2020

Stunning Black and White Fashion Photography by John French in the 1950s

Born 1907 in Edmonton, London, English fashion and portrait photographer John French originally trained and worked as a commercial artist, becoming a photographic director in an advertising studio just before World War II, during which he served as an officer in the Grenadier Guards.

Fashion photography by John French in the 1950s

In 1948, French set up his own photographic studio. Working originally with the Daily Express, he pioneered a new form of fashion photography suited to reproduction in newsprint, involving where possible reflected natural light and low contrast.

French also undertook portrait photography. He himself devoted much attention to the set and posing of his models, but left the actual triggering of the shutter to assistants, amongst whom were Terence Donovan and David Bailey.

French died of lymphoma in 1966 at the age of 59.

These stunning black and white portrait photos of classic beauties are part of his work that French took in the 1950s.

Strapless evening gown, photo John French, London, 1950

Barbara Goalen in a Lily Schroter day-dress, photo by John French for Vogue, London, 1951

Barbara Goalen, photo by John French, 1951-52

Bettina in fur coat and hat by Jacques Fath, photo by John French, 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French for an advert in The Tatler and Bystander, London, 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, 1951

Anne Gunning in Digby Morton's Tudor- style coat in black and gold worn with Henry VIII beret by Rudolf, photo is by John French, London, 1952

Barbara Goalen in a Hardy Amies town dress, photo by John French for the Daily Express, London, 1952

Barbara Miura in a Christian Dior cotton pique jacket with grosgrain collar and cuffs, photo John French for Harper's Bazaar, 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, 1953

Shirley Worthington in evening dress with matching stole trimmed in ostrich feathers, photo by John French for Vanity Fair, May 1953

Barbara Goalen in silk evening dress, photo by John French, Covent Garden station, London, 1954

Barbara Goalen in strapless evening dress by unidentified designer, photo by John French, Covent Garden Station, London, 1954

Susan Abraham in evening ensemble by John Cavanagh, photo by John French, 1954

Susan Abraham in John Cavanagh's strapless evening gown, photo John French, London, 1954

Susan Abraham wearing ensemble by John Cavanagh, photo by John French, 1954

Susan Abraham, photo by John French, circa 1954

Lovely white summer dress, photo by John French for The Daily Mail, London, 1955

Jean Dawnay, photo by John French, 1956

Daphne Abrams, photo by John French, Vanity Fair, October 1957

Helen Bunney in black and white checked dress by Blanes, photo by John French, Women's Sunday Mirror, 1957

Susan Abraham in John Cavanagh's strapless evening gown, photo John French, London, 1957

Model in veiled hat with feather, photo by John French, London, 1958

Myrtle Crawford in white organdy wedding gown by unidentified designer, photo by John French, 1958

A Horrockses cotton poplin dress, photo John French, London, circa 1950s

Anne Gunning, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Anne Gunning, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Anne Gunning, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Barbara Goalen in a fashion shot by John French, circa 1950s

Barbara Goalen in dress and coat by Digby Morton, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Barbara Goalen, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Fashion shot by John French, circa 1950s

Fashion shot by John French, circa 1950s

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Model is wearing elegant slim sheath draped artfully around the hip, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Model wearing white wool/angora beret, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Pat Goddard, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Simone D'Allencourt, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Simone D'Allencourt, photo by John French, circa 1950s

Simone D'Allencourt, photo by John French, circa 1950s


5 comments:

  1. So good to see acknowledgements of the models.

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  2. Everything is stunning: models, clothes, photography.

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  3. The dead mink are stunning, in stunningly bad taste even for the time.

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  4. من افضل شركات منطقة مكة المكرمة التي تعمل في مجال تنظيف وتعقيم المنازل تلك الشركة الجيدة التي تقدم خدمات جيدة في تنظيف المنازل من الداخل ومن الخارج وتسمى شركة تنظيف منازل بجدة وهي التي تختص بأعمال التنظيف للمنازل الجديدة والمفروشة في مدينة جدة والتي تقوم بها افضل شركه تنظيف عمائر متخصصة ولها خبرة طويلة بالمجال
    وقد تقوم تلك الشركات في جدة ايضا بتقديم خدمات غسيل المفروشات والكنب والسجاد تحت مسمى آخر مثل شركه تنظيف كنب بجده وتقوم تلك الشركات بتقديم تلك الخدمات بأسعار جيدة وخدمات مقبولة

    في العاصمة المقدسة التي هي مكة المكرمة توجد لدينا امكانيات كبيرة في مجال تنظيف المنازل والشقق والفلل كما في شركة تنظيف منازل بمكة المكرمة فلو تريد تنظيف بيتك او منزلك وانت في مكة تواصل معنا في حالة ان كان المنزل جديد
    اما في حال ان كان المنزل مفروش واصاب الفرش من الأوساخ والأتربة مثل الكنب والمجالس والسجاد وتريد التنظيف بالبخار تواصل مع شركة تنظيف بالبخار بمكة المكرمة وهي شركة متميزة في أعمال الغسيل والتنظيف بالبخار في نفس الموقع

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  5. يمكنك ان تقوم بنقل العفش الى منزلك عن طريق التواصل مع شركة نقل عفش بجدة متخصصون في اعمال نقل العفش مع الفك والتركيب بالضمان وقبل ذلك يجب تنظيف المنزل بالتواصل مع شركة تنظيف خزانات المياه بجدة
    افضل خدمات تنظيف وتعقيم خزانات المياه تجدها لدينا في تلك افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة التي تقدم خدمات جيدة باسعار معقولة ومقبولة

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