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Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 213 portraits
In 1956 Collins left his job as a watchmaker to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist. Working primarily in the field of popular entertainment, he documented the rise of singers and radio and television performers. His work frequently appeared in Picture Post, TV Mirror and Everybody's Magazine and he contributed illustrated articles for a number of photographic magazines. Focusing on spontaneous human-interest subjects, Collins favoured Microcord, Super Ikonta and Rolleiflex cameras and almost always used electronic flash. In 1982 the Royal Photographic Society held a retrospective exhibition of Collins' work entitled Double Image.

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Marion Ryan

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, circa 1950s
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Marion Ryan

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1950s
NPG x136317

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Frankie Vaughan and Petula Clark

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1950s
NPG x136318

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Frankie Vaughan's 30th Birthday at the Palace Theatre

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1950s
NPG x136320

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Frankie Vaughan's 30th Birthday at the Palace Theatre

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1950s
NPG x136321

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Wee Willie Harris with his mother

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136341

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Wee Willie Harris

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136342

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Wee Willie Harris

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136343

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Wee Willie Harris with his mother

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136433

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Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes; Eric Sykes; Susan Sykes

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136435

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Catherine ('Kathy') Sykes; Eric Sykes; Susan Sykes

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x136436

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Frankie Vaughan

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x136592

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Peggy Mount

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x136597

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Alfred Edward ('A.E.') Matthews

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x136598

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Ronnie Hilton (Adrian Hill)

by Bob Collins
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x137143

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Harry Corbett with 'Sooty'

By Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1956
NPG x136299

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Harry Corbett with 'Sooty'

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1956
NPG x136312

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Harry Corbett with 'Sooty'

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square transparency, 1956
NPG x136322

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Anna Neagle; Herbert Wilcox

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1956
NPG x136346

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