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Cook, Leland A.


Leland A. Cook was born x in x. He attended x High School and upon graduation, entered the military in x. Serving until x, Cook began studies at the Brooks Institute of Photography (now the Brooks Institute) in Ventura, California. After graduating in x, he briefly worked in the medical photography division at x in x.

In x, Cook joined the photography department of luxury retailer, Tiffany and Company, in New York City. In his early career, Cook was privy to the intimacies of high-street lifestyles, often in the presence of celebrities and notable society. Much of his early work features prominent figures, including Audrey Hepburn on the set of _Breakfast at Tiffany's_. Transitioning from capturing Tiffany jewels and ware, Cook became the advertising photographer, producing images for marketing materials and holiday cards. During that time, Cook developed a lifelong appreciation for stained glass, and became familiar with the many famed houses of stained glass, including the pioneering Bolton family. He provided the photographs for Willene B. Clark's, _The Stained Glass Art of William Jay Bolton_, a subject book on Bolton commissions and history. After x years with Tiffany and Company, Cook retired and began to venture around the country in search of "x." For his work in stained glass photography, Cook received the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal four times. He was the photographic consultant to the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA), and the Census of Stained Glass Windows in America. He published photographic studies on several subjects, including St. Patricks Cathedral in New York City.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Leland A. Cook Papers

Identifier: MS-0206
Scope and Contents This collection documents the rich and varied career, Leland A. Cook, former advertising photographer for Tiffany and Company.

This collection consists of five series:

(1) Tiffany and Company Working Files, 1958-1999 (2) Bolton Family Research Files, 1820-1970 (3) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1904-1998 (4) Photographic Materials, 1960-1990 (5) Personal Papers, 1915-2009
Dates: 1820-2009; Majority of material found within 1950-1980