Photograph of Billie Holiday

  • Image for Photograph of Billie Holiday
  • Image for Photograph of Billie Holiday
2 images
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
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)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1940
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.
Topic
African American
Blues (Music)
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
© Getty Images. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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