MIT-trained architect who changed careers, to photography, in the 1930s. Through his friend Alexander Woollcott, he met and photographed many people from the film, theater and literary fields. He also did family photography, art photography and architectural photography. He worked in intelligence during World War II, and worked for a while as a filmmaker. He eventually returned to architecture, first working with a firm and later as an independent architect.
Photographs, in both print and negative form, by Richard Carver Wood, including architectural photographs; art photographs, including landscapes and still lifes; portrait and family photographs; photographs of persons prominent in the New York City social, literary, and theatrical fields. Many of these were taken at Alexander Woollcott's property at Lake Bomoseen in Vermont, and include Dorothy Parker, Vivien Leigh, Ethel Barrymore, and numerous others.
Richard Carver Wood Photographs, ca. 1930s-1950, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Patsy Asch