Maynard L Parker, Photographer
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Maynard L. Parker (1900–1976) was a Los Angeles–based architectural and garden photographer who contributed images to many of the nation’s premiere home design publications. Born and raised in Vermont, Parker first traveled cross country to Southern California in 1923. He permanently settled in Los Angeles with his wife Annie in 1929. He established Maynard L. Parker Fine Photographs (later Maynard L. Parker Modern Photography) in 1938.
By 1940, Parker had come to the attention of Elizabeth Gordon, legendary editor of House Beautiful, and thus began an important affiliation that lasted well into the 1960s.
Parker came to know a number of leading architects, designers, and builders both through his relationship with House Beautiful and through his neighbor, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris
Parker traveled extensively across California and the United States taking pictures of homes and gardens that appeared in the leading home-design magazines of the period. Parker’s work is often characterized by dramatic camera angles and lighting which he achieved using an antiquated four-by-five-inch camera and a complicated, jerry-rigged light system. He used a wide-angle lens to heighten a location’s salient features, and he fearlessly scaled rooftops to achieve the optimum vantage point. Parker continued his work as a professional photographer into the early 1970s. He died in Los Angeles in 1976.