Out of the Archive: Maynard L. Parker Modern Photography

On view 09 October 2015 through 15 January 2016

The first exhibition drawn from the archive of influential mid-century
architectural and garden photographer Maynard L. Parker (1900-1976)

Maynard L. Parker (1900-1976) was one of postwar America’s most sought after architectural and garden photographers. Based in Los Angeles, Parker became the “go to” image maker for a legion of celebrities, pioneering architects, interior designers, real estate developers, and powerful home magazine editors. His sun-kissed brand of photography stoked the aspirations of a new consumer age. 

Maynard L. Parker Modern Photography is the first exhibition devoted entirely to Parker’s work.  Across more than four decades beginning in the 1920s, Parker turned a boyhood hobby into a thriving business that embraced California as its visual epicenter. Parker's lens revealed the homes and lifestyles of affluent Americans and movie stars. A prolific photographer for home and design magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest, Sunset and, most notably, House Beautiful, Parker pioneered a kinder, gentler brand of modernism that showcased suburban homes and family gardens, backyard pools and state-of-the art appliances to their alluring best.

Fifty pictures selected and printed from the 58,000-image Parker archive at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, will go on view for the first time. 


View to patio and swimming pool, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moss
residence, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, c. 1944.
print from vintage color transparency, 5 x 7 in.

Living Room, George Turner residence, La Cañada Flintridge,
California, c. 1947.
Modern print from vintage color
transparency, 7 x 5 in.