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The American dream captured by Maynard L. Parker

"Maynard L. Parking Modern Photography and the American Dream"

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The work of prolific photographer Maynard L. Parker (1900-1976) exemplifies modern photography at its most quintessential. His work can now be enjoyed in a new collection called “Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream” compiled by curator Jennifer A. Watts. Many of Parker’s photographs focused on domestic life in the new consumer age in a postwar America.

Parker captured American homes, gardens and suburban lifestyles from the 1930s through the 1960s that embodied the American dream at the time. Parker also explored the homes of celebrities including Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Bing Crosby.  Watts’ book is the first to define Parker and his influential career and features essays written by leading scholars about the photographer himself as well as the period of American history.


Jenny Watts, editor, “Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream;”curator of photographs at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and editor of “Edward Weston: A Legacy.”

Christopher Hawthorne, contributor, “Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream;”architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times