Elwin Neame(1886-1923), Photographer and film director
Artist of 3 portraits
Stuart Elwin Neame opened his first studio at the age of 19 in Bristol, after attending the Bristol School of Art. The publication in 1905 of his portraits of Zena Dare, then on tour in Bristol, led to an invitation from Bassano's Ltd to become their chief operator. After three years he left to set up his own studio, first at Margravine Gardens, Baron's Court, and from 1909 at 4 Onslow Place, South Kensington. Whilst photographing contestants for the Daily Mirror beauty contest in 1908, he met his future wife and the competition winner Ivy Close, whom he helped launch as an important early British film star. A constant innovator who explored composite photography and photo-montage, Neame died aged only 37 in a motorcycle accident in Hyde Park. His son Ronald Neame briefly continued the studio before turning to film, first working with Alfred Hitchcock before establishing himself as a major film director.