Photograph of Billie Holiday

Photograph by
Carson, Robin, American
Distributed by
Associated Booking Corporation, American, founded 1940
Subject of
Holiday, Billie, American, 1915 - 1959
Glaser, Joe, American, 1896 - 1969
Date
ca. 1940
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 8 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (22.3 × 19 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 1/8 in. (25.4 × 20.6 cm)
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Billie Holiday. Holiday is depicted from the shoulders up, right of center. She is wearing a black sequined garment, long pearl necklace, and large white feathers in her hair, tucked behind her proper left ear. She is looking towards the left side of the image with a serious expression. In the lower left quadrant of the image is a handwritten inscription in blue ink that reads, [To Laura / From / Mr and Lady Day]. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located in the bottom left corner reads, [Robin Carson]. The image is bordered with white and along bottom is black text on the left and right sides. The text in the lower left corner reads, [BILLIE HOLIDAY]. The text in the lower right corner reads, [ASSOCIATED BOOKING CORP. / JOE GLASER, President / Squibb B'ldg 745 - 5th Ave. N.Y. Beverly Hills, Cal.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Topic
Actors
Jazz (Music)
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.90
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd550b1ea2e-32c9-4785-aea2-55ab90b3e5bb
2 image(s)