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Michael Peto

(1908-1970), Photojournalist

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 22 portraits
Born in 1908 in Bata, Hungary, Michael Peto settled in London at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. He took up photography in 1947 and his first photograph published in the Observer appeared in March 1949. Peto became a regular contributor alongside other celebrated photographers including Jane Bown, David Moore and Robin Adler. During the 1950s and 1960s, Peto documented the key cultural and political figures of the era. His celebrated publications include A Dancer's World (1963) with Nigel Gosling and About Britain (1967) with Kenneth Harris. Following Peto's death in 1970, his archive of 130,000 original negatives and vintage prints was donated by his family to the University of Dundee.

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Michael Peto, by Michael Peto - NPG x138048

Michael Peto

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1948
NPG x138048

Sir Jacob Epstein, by Michael Peto - NPG x137297

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1951
NPG x137297

Sir Jacob Epstein, by Michael Peto - NPG x137298

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1951
NPG x137298

(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe, by Michael Peto - NPG x137677

(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1957
NPG x137677

Brendan Behan and Beatrice Behan (née Ffrench-Salkeld), by Michael Peto - NPG x137671

Brendan Behan and Beatrice Behan (née Ffrench-Salkeld)

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1959
NPG x137671

Samuel Barclay Beckett, by Michael Peto - NPG x137676

Samuel Barclay Beckett

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1961
NPG x137676

Nelson Mandela, by Michael Peto - NPG x137674

Nelson Mandela

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1962
NPG x137674

Iris Murdoch, by Michael Peto - NPG x137675

Iris Murdoch

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1962
NPG x137675

Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn, by Michael Peto - NPG x137680

Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, February 1962
NPG x137680

Sir Frederick Ashton; Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev, by Michael Peto - NPG x138053

Sir Frederick Ashton; Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, February 1962
NPG x138053

Claire Bloom; Rod Steiger, by Michael Peto - NPG x138163

Claire Bloom; Rod Steiger

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, March 1962
NPG x138163

Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, by Michael Peto - NPG x137670

Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1963
NPG x137670

Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin; David Oistrakh, by Michael Peto - NPG x138052

Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin; David Oistrakh

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1963
NPG x138052

Benjamin Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy, by Michael Peto - NPG x138055

Benjamin Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1963
NPG x138055

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge, by Michael Peto - NPG x137673

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, January 1965
NPG x137673

The Beatles with Richard Lester, by Michael Peto - NPG x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 12 April 1965
NPG x137678

Dame Edith Margaret Emily ('Peggy') Ashcroft, by Michael Peto - NPG x138050

Dame Edith Margaret Emily ('Peggy') Ashcroft

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, July 1965
NPG x138050

Benjamin Britten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, by Michael Peto - NPG x138054

Benjamin Britten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1965
NPG x138054

Alan Bennett, by Michael Peto - NPG x138049

Alan Bennett

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, November 1966
NPG x138049

Mary Ure; Elizabeth Shaw, by Michael Peto - NPG x137672

Mary Ure; Elizabeth Shaw

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 29 October 1967
NPG x137672

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