Helen Balfour Morrison was an accomplished photographer and artist. She began her photography career with a business in Evanston, working with her brother for many years as a commercial photographer. In later years, she started her “Great Americans” portrait collection while resuming her commercial business. In 1943 she became lighting director and artistic collaborator with the modern dancer, Sybil Shearer and by the mid-1950s was photographer Shearer exclusively.
Name: Helen Balfour Morrison (Balfour)
Birth Date: August 1, 1900
Birth Place: Evanston IL
Death Date: November 6, 1984
Death Location: Highland Park IL
Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Father: Alexander Balfour
Mother: Fannie Susan Lin
Education: Completed High School
Years in Evanston: 1900-1934
Sources: Clippings and papers in the archives of the Morrison Shearer Foundation, Northbrook, Illinois -- www.morrisonshearer.org.