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Godfrey Argent (1937-2006), Photographer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 798 portraits
Argent began his photographic career while serving with the Household Cavalry; he subsequently became a royal photographer, taking portraits of, among others, the Prince of Wales at eighteen and Princess Anne at sixteen. In 1967, having purchased the business of portraitist Walter Bird, Argent was appointed as the official photographer for the National Photographic Record at the National Portrait Gallery. He was also the official photographer for the Royal Society and had a long-running assignment to produce portraits of the stars of The Mousetrap as the cast changed. A Godfrey Argent award to promote the careers of young photographers was set up in 2007.

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