Bert Morgan (1904-1986) began his career syndicating photographs for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. By 1930, he moved on to become a prominent high society photographer whose work was published in The Social Spectator, VogueVanity Fair, and Town and Country. He covered the “Social Set” from the 1930′s through the 1980′s, as they gathered in New York, Palm Beach, Southhampton, Newport, Saratoga, Key West, Nassau, Jamaica and points in-between. He was also the official track photographer of the New York Racing Association. His son Richard Morgan (1935- ) joined him in the 1950′s and worked along side him until Bert’s death in 1986.

The Bert Morgan Archive consists of more than 500,000 negatives taken by Bert and Richard Morgan at parties, openings, charity balls, sporting events, home sittings, weddings  and other functions attended by the rich and famous including several generations of America’s most prominent families – Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Dillons, Biddles, Phipps, Kennedys, Hearsts, Fords, Roosevelts, Astors, and Lauders – as well as
European royalty and stars of the stage and screen.

Selected images from The Bert Morgan Archive may be viewed on Flickr and are currently available for licensing through Getty Images and Alamy. Inquires about any other images may be sent to: questions@archivefarms.com . Thanks.

17th March 1956: EXCLUSIVE American actor and swimmer Esther Williams shakes hands with the Duke of Windsor (1894 - 1972) at the Polo Ball, La Coquille restaurant, Boca Raton, Florida. Williams is wearing a strapless evening dress, white gloves, and a tiara. The Duke is dressed in a tuxedo. (Photo by Bert Morgan/Getty Images)

17th March 1956: EXCLUSIVE American actor and swimmer Esther Williams shakes hands with the Duke of Windsor (1894 - 1972) at the Polo Ball, La Coquille restaurant, Boca Raton, Florida. Williams is wearing a strapless evening dress, white gloves, and a tiara. The Duke is dressed in a tuxedo. (Photo by Bert Morgan/Getty Images)