Portrait of James Baldwin, vintage bromide print, window-mounted, signed on the mount in pencil by the photographer, photographer's stamp on verso, 257 x 195mm., 
Mark Gerson, born in 1921, opened his first portrait studio in London in 1947, almost immediately establishing his reputation as a "great literary photographer" (Bel Mooney), Stephen Spender sitting for him in 1949, Auden in 1951 and from then on most of the great of British literature over the next forty years. Commissioned by leading publishers such as Faber and Faber, specialist titles including Books and Bookmen his pre-eminence in the field culminated in a one-man exhibition "Literati. Photographs by Mark Gerson", at the National Portrait Gallery in 1996. See illustration at page 10.
Provenance: this and the following five lots from the Photographer.