Thoroughly Modern: The Pioneering Life of Barbara Ker-Seymer

ISBN: 9780349011516
Artist(s): Barbara Ker-Seymer
Format: hardback
Year published: 8 June 2023
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Total Pages: 336


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One of a handful of outstanding British photographers of her generation, Ker-Seymer’s work defined a talented, forward-looking network of artists, dancers, writers, actors and musicians, all of whom flocked to her Bond Street studio. Among her sitters were Evelyn Waugh, Margot Fonteyn, Cyril Connolly, Jean Cocteau and Vita Sackville-West. Barbara Ker-Seymer (1905-1993) disdained lucrative ‘society’ portraits in favour of unfussy ‘modern’ images. Her work was widely admired by her peers, among them, Man Ray and Jean Cocteau. Her images as a gossip-column photojournalist for Harper’s Bazaar were the go-to representations of the aristocracy and Bright Young Things at play. Yet as both a studio portraitist and a photojournalist, she broke with convention.


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