Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Photograph - Untitled [three girls in fur coats] from the series On a Good Day
  • Untitled [three girls in fur coats] from the series On a Good Day
    Vandenberg, Al, born 1932 - died 2012
  • Enlarge image

Untitled [three girls in fur coats] from the series On a Good Day

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1970s (photographed)
    2010 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vandenberg, Al, born 1932 - died 2012 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given in part by Al Vandenberg and Eric Franck. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.427-2010

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1003, box C

By the 1970s, American photographer Al Vandenberg (1932-2012) had abandoned his commercial career to take street photographs. Having studied photography in New York alongside Alexey Brodovitch, Richard Avedon and Bruce Davidson, Vandenberg became a successful commercial photographer and art director working in both New York and London during the 1960s. After a period of travelling, he settled in London in 1974 with the aim of using his photographic skills to create portraits of city life without a commercial agenda.

Vandenberg’s series On a Good Day documents a wide variety of Londoners. Although made on the street, the photographs are carefully posed and the subjects present themselves head-on to the camera with ease and confidence. Vandenberg encouraged the people he photographed to engage in the process. The portraits capture the urban styles of the era, such as the fur coats worn by these women.

The V&A acquired fifteen photographs from Al Vandenberg’s On a Good Day series as part of the Staying Power project. Staying Power is a five year partnership between the V&A and Black Cultural Archives. The project aims to explore black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s through photographs acquired by the V&A and oral histories conducted by Black Cultural Archives.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of three black girls smiling wearing long fur coats and a variety of hats standing against metal railings. The girl to the right holds on to the girl in the centre

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

1970s (photographed)
2010 (printed)

Artist/maker

Vandenberg, Al, born 1932 - died 2012 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm image, Width: 17.8 cm image

Object history note

The V&A acquired this photograph as part of the Staying Power project. Staying Power is a five year partnership between the V&A and Black Cultural Archives. The project aims to explore black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s through photographs acquired by the V&A and oral histories conducted by Black Cultural Archives.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled' [three girls in fur coats] from the series On a Good Day, gelatin silver print, London, 1970s, printed 2010

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Fashion; Girls; Fur fabric

Categories

Photographs; African Diaspora; Women's clothes; Black History; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.