Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Madame Yevonde (1893-1975) - Photographer


    reated using the Vivex Carbro colour process
    involving three negatives,
    and pioneered by D.A. Spencer, Yevonde (1893-1975)
    dressed and styled society figures of the day as
    subjects from Greek and Roman Mythology.

    Yevonde Philone Cumbers was born in London,
    but partially educated at boarding schools on the continent.
    She joined the women's suffrage movement in 1910
    and after seeing an advertisement in The Suffragette
    decided to become a photographer's apprentice.

    Quickly mastering the business as a pupil of
    the leading West End photographer Madame Lallie Charles
    of Curzon Street, Yevonde decided to set up on her own in 1914
    with a studio at 92, Victoria Street and adopting
    her first name and previous employer's term of address.

    Her business prospered and in 1921 she moved to larger premises at 100,
    Victoria Street and in the same year addressed
    the Professional Photographer's Association,
    reviewing the history of women in photography
    and causing controversy in the male-dominated profession
    by asserting women's superior abilities as portraitists.

    Her work in colour began in the early 1930s and
    continued until 1940 when the factory making the materials closed down.

    Yevonde continued in photography until her retirement in 1971
    when she generously presented her surviving exhibition prints
    from her sixty-year career to the National Portrait Gallery.

    Madame Yemonde Archive HERE.

    Thank you Gabbi for sharing this link.

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