Ilsa Franklin in retail space
This silver gelatin print was taken by Winter Prather (1926-2005) sometime in the mid 1950's in an unidentified location. The photograph depicts the interior of a small clothing boutique or shop. Two high-backed chairs are visible in the foreground of the image. They are flooded with light from the shop's storefront windows. A chandelier hangs above the chairs. In the background of the image, Ilsa Franklin, one of Prather's personal friends, admires a rack of clothing. Another rack is positioned further in the background of the image. It is unknown whether or not Prather shot this image on behalf of a commercial client; he brought the same sensibility to commercial and artistic work.
Winter Phillips Prather (1926-2005) was a prominent commercial and fine art photographer who worked in Denver, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico during the mid 20th Century. Due to the physical and mental illnesses that Prather suffered later in his life, many images in the collection were not initially labeled with dates, subjects, or locations. Photographs that have been dated and identified were taken between 1940 and 1978 primarily in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Images in the collection demonstrate Prather's mastery of diverse photographic genera’s. Non-representational abstracts, industrial images, western landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and art reproductions can all be found among Prather's photogrpahs. In addition, the collection also contains Prather's experimental work with reverse negative printing, composite images, and solarization. This photograph is part of the Winter Prather collection (Ph.00332)
Donated by Bill O'Connor, 2000.