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Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

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Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, by John Deakin, 1952 - NPG P296 - John Deakin / Vogue © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

John Deakin / Vogue © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1952
11 7/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (301 mm x 260 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG P296


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  • John Deakin (1912-1972), Photographer. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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John Deakin was a photographer who worked for Vogue during the early 1950s before he was fired because of his dissipated lifestyle. His life propping up the bar in the pubs and clubs of Soho enabled him, however, to take extraordinarily unflinching photographs of a wide group of artists, writers and other bohemians, including Francis Bacon, who used his photographs as the basis for paintings, Lucian Freud, Dylan Thomas and Louis MacNeice. This photograph of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi in his youth is characteristic of Deakin's work: full frontal and raw, it has been taken without using any tricks of the photographer's trade and instead relies on the relationship between photographer and sitter, creating an image of dark-eyed impassivity.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 39
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 263
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 208
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 208
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 479