JOAN CRAVEN

(1897-1979)

Joan Craven was an English photographer known for her portraits, artistic studies, advertising and nudes. Craven trained under Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) in London and in 1926 opened her own studio on New Bond Street. She won the open portraiture and figure category at the International Photographic Competition held in Bath in 1927. Craven also frequently photographed for advertising campaigns for brands such as Cadbury, Pond’s cold cream and Pears soap. She focused of figure and nude photography in the 1950s and 1960s and shared studios with Walter Bird (1903-1969) on Cromwell Road.