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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
modern bromide print from an original negative, September 1948
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Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1951
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Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1951
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(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, October 1957
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Brendan Behan and Beatrice Behan (née Ffrench-Salkeld)

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, September 1959
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Samuel Barclay Beckett

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, May 1961
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Nelson Mandela

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, June 1962
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Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, June 1962
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Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, February 1962
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Sir Frederick Ashton; Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, February 1962
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Claire Bloom; Rod Steiger

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, March 1962
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Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, October 1963
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Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin; David Fyodorovich Oistrakh

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, September 1963
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(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1963
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Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, January 1965
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The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 12 April 1965
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Dame Edith Margaret Emily ('Peggy') Ashcroft

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, July 1965
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(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, June 1965
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Alan Bennett

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, November 1966
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(Eileen) Mary Ure; Elizabeth Shaw

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