Monck, Margaret

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Monck, Margaret

Margaret Monck was a street photographer in London who enjoyed taking candid photographs for personal rather than professional reasons.

Monck spent her childhood in India, where her father was Viceroy. Having moved to London, she studied drawing at Heatherley's School of Fine Art, Chelsea. Monck became an assistant at the Impressionist and Modern Art Lefevre Gallery, which was established in 1926 in the West End. She also modelled for Norman Parkinson, which introduced her to high society and the most fashionable circles.

In 1932 Monck married John Goldman, a film editor, and her social circle grew to include musicians, filmmakers, political activists and photographers. Goldman was editor-in-chief for the documentary film Man of Aran, directed by Robert Flaherty. His wife, Frances Flaherty, was the stills photographer and, inspired by these contacts, Monck discovered her interest in and talent for photography.

Monck bought a new 'miniature camera', a Leica. Being a hand-held rollfilm camera, it was relatively easy to operate and unobtrusive, therefore ideal for documentary photographing.

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