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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. 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
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1948
NPG x138048

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Sir Jacob Epstein

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

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Sir Jacob Epstein

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

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(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe

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

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Brendan Behan and Beatrice Behan (née Ffrench-Salkeld)

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

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Samuel Barclay Beckett

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

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Nelson Mandela

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

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Iris Murdoch

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

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Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

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

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Sir Frederick Ashton; Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev

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

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Claire Bloom; Rod Steiger

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

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

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

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Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin; David Oistrakh

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

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Benjamin Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy

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

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

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

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The Beatles with Richard Lester

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

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Dame Edith Margaret Emily ('Peggy') Ashcroft

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

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Benjamin Britten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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

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Alan Bennett

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

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Mary Ure; Elizabeth Shaw

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

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