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John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 279 portraits
Born Hans Gohler in Karlsrühe. He left Germany in 1933, and moved to England where he settled in Yorkshire and found work as a photographer. In 1939 he joined the Pioneer Corps with whom he served throughout Word War II. He decided to change his name to John Gay, after the poet and dramatist of Beggar's Opera fame. From 1942 he based himself in Highgate, London, and worked as a professional photographer. His work encompassed regular contributions to Country Fair and the photo-essays in The Strand magazine for which he also produced a number of portraits of literary personalities in the 1940s. He was celebrated as a photographer of railway stations, graveyards and country scenes.

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P700

Hilaire Belloc

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P700

P701

Walter de la Mare

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P701

P702

T.S. Eliot

by John Gay
vintage print, 1948
NPG P702

P703

John Masefield

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P703

x128503

Martha Stern

by John Gay
quarter-plate glass negative, 1940s
NPG x128503

x128655

Max Bygraves

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1940s
NPG x128655

x127762

Sir Stanley Unwin

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127762

x127763

Graham Greene; Douglas Francis Jerrold

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127763

x127764

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127764

x127765

Sir Allen Lane

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127765

x127766

Sir Geoffrey Cust Faber

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127766

x127767

Alexander Stuart Frere (né Reeves)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127767

x127768

Billy Collins

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127768

x127769

Desmond John Newman Flower

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127769

x47296

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1947
NPG x47296

x127307

Audrée Craig

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127307

x127308

Eva Najman

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127308

x127309

Mary Dinsdale

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 March 1947
NPG x127309

x127310

Hilda Scott

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127310

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