The collection of over 140 photographic prints and 1200 negatives represents a portion of photographer Harry Drinkwater's
professional and personal output and documents Los Angeles' mid-century design movement as well as its wider artistic and
social circles. African American architects, designers and artists and their works feature prominently in the collection.
Harry Drinkwater was born in Bakersfield, California on March 28, 1919 and grew up in Yountville, in one of the area's only
African American families. At around age 13 he left his family and headed south to San Diego, Los Angeles and Venice, but
returned to Yountville in 1938 to finish high school. He joined the service in 1942 and was stationed in Weymouth, England
as part of the communication corps. At the very end of his sojourn a turn at the camera during the shooting of his company's
group photograph provided his first encounter with the possibilities of photography.
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