About This Image
Perhaps Brake's most famous single image. Picasso's son Claude places his finger in his father's mouth during moment of high excitement. With Brian Brake's stamp and Rapho agency stamps and pencil notations on the verso. The image is in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand.
Brian Brake (1927-1988) was New Zealand's best known photographer from the 1960s to the 1980s. He first made his name as an international photojournalist, photographing for picture magazines such as Life, National Geographic and Paris Match.
His most famous body of work was on the monsoon rains in India in 1960. This essay yielded the widely reproduced Monsoon girl, an image of a young woman feeling with pleasure the first rains on her face.
He also photographed noted celebrities, like Picasso and Cocteau.
See: Gilot and Lake, Life with Picasso, (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1964), p.312.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1955 Print Date 1960s
Dimensions 11-3/8 x 7-3/4 in. (289 x 197 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country New Zealand