Double Exposure: Al Parker’s Illustrations, from Model to Magazine

This week we’ve added a new online exhibit to our site: Double Exposure: Al Parker’s Illustrations, from Model to Magazine. For mid-century illustrators, photography was a means of composing a scene, creating realism, and capturing certain effects — such as light and shading — which could not be obtained in other ways. Drawing from the wide range of materials within the Al Parker Collection, Double Exposure pairs Parker’s illustrations for fiction in popular magazines with the photographs on which they’re based, as well as an “in-between” image of the superimposed photograph on the illustration. The result is a fascinating look at Parker’s creative process. Please check it out!

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About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.