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John Somerset Murray

(1904-1992), Photographer and inventor

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 24 portraits
A grandson of John Murray, calotypist of India, and cousin of the portraitist Olive Edis, he opened his own portrait studio in Chelsea in 1933 and largely worked on advertising. Shortly afterwards he turned to commercial photography including working for Pilkington Glass. Influenced by the technical experimentation of Man Ray he too began to try new methods. He met Winifred Casson at one his lectures and taught her his technical understanding of photography. With Winifred Casson he executed solarised and surrealist photographs, which were shown at the Chelsea Studio Club in the 1950s. Murray left photography behind after the outbreak of War in 1939, and took up electronic engineering but his photography was rediscovered when his surrealist work was shown in the Arts Council's exhibition 'Modern British Photography: 1919-1939' in 1980.

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Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG P135

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
bromide print, 1933
NPG P135

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68219

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, September 1929
NPG x68219

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68220

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, September 1929
NPG x68220

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68208

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68208

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68209

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68209

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68210

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68210

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68211

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68211

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68212

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68212

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68213

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68213

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68214

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68214

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68215

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68215

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68216

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68216

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68217

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68217

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68218

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, 1933
NPG x68218

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x8512

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
bromide print, 1933
NPG x8512

Winifred Casson, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x15478

Winifred Casson

by John Somerset Murray
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1934
NPG x15478

Winifred Casson, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x15479

Winifred Casson

by John Somerset Murray
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1934
NPG x15479

Winifred Casson, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x15480

Winifred Casson

by John Somerset Murray
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1934
NPG x15480

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates), by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68222

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates)

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, circa 1935
NPG x68222

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates), by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68223

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates)

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, circa 1935
NPG x68223

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates), by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68224

Mary Cranford ('Mollie') Hitchens (née Coates)

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, circa 1935
NPG x68224

Ivon Hitchens, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68225

Ivon Hitchens

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, circa 1935
NPG x68225

John Somerset Murray, by John Somerset Murray - NPG x68226

John Somerset Murray

by John Somerset Murray
resin print, circa 1940s
NPG x68226

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