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John Deakin (1912-1972), Photographer

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Wirral-born photographer Deakin is best-known for his uncompromisingly honest portraits of the bohemian Soho set of the 1950s, and particularly for the photographs taken for Francis Bacon, on which some of the artist's major works were based. Deakin wished to be a painter, although he earned a living as a staff photographer for Vogue during the 1940s and 1950s. His photographic career has been celebrated by the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition John Deakin: The Salvage of a Photographer (1984-85), by the National Portrait Gallery John Deakin Photographs (1996), and most recently at The Photographers Gallery, London in Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho (2014).

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P295

Robert Colquhoun

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1950s
NPG P295

P297

Colin MacInnes

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1950s
NPG P297

P298

George Granville Barker

by John Deakin
bromide print, circa 1952
NPG P298

P296

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1952
NPG P296

P1975

John Deakin

by John Deakin, assisted by Patrick Matthews, or assisted by Tom Hawkyard
vintage bromide print, 14 November 1952
NPG P1975

x33936

Paul Hugh Howard Potts

by John Deakin
glossy bromide contact sheet, 1950s
NPG x33936

P994

Roger Mayne

by John Deakin
vintage bromide print, 1957
NPG P994

x193359

Robert Joseph Flaherty

by John Deakin
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 13 July 1949
NPG x193359

x26056

Alexander MacKendrick

by John Deakin
bromide print, circa 1954
NPG x26056

x68300

Kingsley Amis

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1955
NPG x68300