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Isaacson, Joan Barbara (1923 - )

Born
1923
Occupation
Professional photographer

Summary

Joan Barbara Isaacson is a professional photographer who worked with the Army Public Relations section of Australian Women's Army Service, and was later known for her portraiture of children.

Details

Joan Barbara Isaacson was born into a dynamic and family. Her mother, Lynka Isaacson (also known as Caroline Isaacson), was the first female journalist to be employed by a metropolitan newspaper in Australia, and was a strong role model for her daughter. After the war Isaacson's mother and brother set up the Southern Cross publishing business.

Isaacson attended the Melbourne Technical College, where she studied photography. When she was 18 years old she joined the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS). Working in the Army Public Relations section, she travelled the east coast taking documentary and recruitment propaganda photographs and meeting press journalists and photographers.

In 1943 Isaacson married Richard L. Beck, a graphic designer and photographer. During the period from 1946-1948 they set up their own photographic business in Melbourne, specialising in child portraiture. Isaacson took over the business c.1950 when her husband went back to working as a graphic designer, and continued to manage the studio until the birth of her third baby. After her departure from the photography business Isaacson was involved in a variety of other ventures and gave up her photography.

Collections

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

Events

c. 1940 - 1950s
Active as professional photographer

Sources used to compile this entry: Army and Air Force Bridegrooms, The Australasian, 25 December 1941, 21 pp, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142148012; Hall, Barbara and Mather, Jenni, Australian Women Photographers 1840 - 1960, Greenhouse Publications, Richmond, Victoria, 1986, 164 pp.

Digital resources

Title
Clouds Viewed from the Window of a Douglas C-47 Aircraft.
Type
Image
Date
1943
Creator
Isaacson, Joan
Control
P05161.015
Source
Australian War Memorial Research Centre.

Details

Title
Caroline Isaacson and an Unidentified Officer Boarding a Douglas C-47 Aircraft.
Type
Image
Date
1943
Creator
Isaacson, Joan
Control
P05161.016
Source
Australian War Memorial Research Centre

Details

Title
Caroline Isaacson and Unidentified Members of a Party of Australian Female Photographers and Journalists Probably Aboard a Douglas C-47 Aircraft.
Type
Image
Date
1943
Source
Australian War Memorial Research Centre.

Details

Title
Caroline Isaacson and Unidentified Members of a Party of Australian Female Photographers and Journalists at Dinner.
Type
Image
Date
1943
Creator
Isaacson, Joan
Control
P05161.008
Source
Australian War Memorial Research Centre

Details

Title
A Douglas C-47 Aircraft on a Wet Runway, Showing Nose Art 'What's Cookin?'
Type
Image
Date
1943
Creator
Isaacson, Joan
Control
P05161,011
Source
Australian War Memorial Research Centre.

Details

Anne Maxwell (with Morfia Grondas and Lucy Van)

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