A nice collection of 7 hand colored desert photographs by well known photographer Harold A. Parker (1878-1930) Parker immigrated to California from Iowa, and began working as a professional photographer in 1900. He opened his Pasadena studio in 1904 and operated it until his death in 1930 at the age of 52. Parker also operated a studio in the Tahoe Tavern at Lake Tahoe between 1908 and 1910, where he produced a number of images of the Tavern, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding areas. Parker was noted for his photographs of California, especially his images of the California Missions and the Tournament of Roses parades; he was also responsible for the earliest aerial images of Pasadena. A commercial photographer, Parker worked as a contract photographer for the Pasadena Star-News Tournament of Roses edition, and took pictures of civic and social organizations, local retailers, and private individuals who commissioned him to record their gatherings, buildings, and various rites of passage. Each photo measures 7 ½” h x 9 ½” w, mounted on a 11 ½” h x 13 ½” matte with artist’s name and studio location (Pasadena) lower right, as well as its original studio folio. They are all in very good overall condition, with minor yellowing, imperfections, and light expected edge wear from age and use.
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