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John Deakin (1912-1972), Photographer
Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 11 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).
by John Deakin
bromide print, 1950s
On display at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK in the exhibition The Two Roberts