Thursday, 18 October 2012

Flippin' the Bird

Walter Bird (1903-1969) was a leading London society portrait photographer during the 1950s-60s, creating images of the rich and influential for their amusement in exchange for a large fee. However he began his career as a much more creative artist.

His first photographs were shot while he was still at art school, taking images of models in the life room, and this grew to encompass a more romantic and less academic vision. So in an interesting inversion of convention, he abandoned his smutty principles in exchange for respectability. Shame really, the man had talent.

Devil Dance, 1938

April, 1938

Fear, 1938

Incognita, 1938

Votive Nude, 1938

Rosemary Andree No. 3, 1938

Sprite, 1938

Untitled, 1938

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