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. 


Captions:

View to patio and swimming pool, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moss
residence, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, c. 1944.
 Modern
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.