Man riding a motorcycle, 1950.
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A photograph of a man riding a motorcycle, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited in 1950. A studio photograph, this man in goggles is riding a Triumph Norton motorcycle. The idea of speed is visually suggested by the blurred scarf. Many supposedly outdoor photographs were actually taken in a studio. This was common practice amongst photographic agencies at the time. Photographic Advertising Limited was founded in 1926 by a group experienced in photojournalism and film. The company created multi-purpose stock images with the potential for selling a range of products. Whilst enjoying its greatest success during the 1930s, it continued in business until 1977. Photographic Advertising Limited's trademark, the staged studio photograph resembling a film still, was its selling point and, later, its downfall. Sophisticated, adaptable and generic, this kind of image gradually fell out of favour as clients increasingly demanded targeted advertising campaigns with specific photographs