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Humphrey Jennings (1907-1950), Documentary filmmaker

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Humphrey Jennings was a filmmaker and one of the founders of the Mass Observation movement. He was also a writer, painter, editor and set-designer. Jennings made groundbreaking documentary films for the renowned wartime GPO broadcasting unit. His films such as Listen to Britain (1942), Fires Were Started (1943) and A Diary for Timothy (1945) changed the face of public service broadcasting. Throughout his life Jennings also worked on an anthology of the Industrial Revolution, Pandaemonium. He died while making a film in Greece in 1950; Pandaemonium was finally published in 1985.

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Humphrey Jennings

by Lee Miller
bromide print, 1942
NPG P156