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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