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John Deakin

(1912-1972), Photographer

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 11 portraits
Wirral-born photographer Deakin is best-known for his uncompromisingly honest portraits of the bohemian Soho set of the 1950s, and particularly for the photographs taken for Francis Bacon, on which some of the artist's major works were based. Deakin wished to be a painter, although he earned a living as a staff photographer for Vogue during the 1940s and 1950s. His photographic career has been celebrated by the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition John Deakin: The Salvage of a Photographer (1984-85), the National Portrait Gallery John Deakin Photographs (1996), and The Photographers Gallery, London in Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho (2014).

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John Deakin, by John Deakin, assisted by  Patrick Matthews, or assisted by  Tom Hawkyard - NPG P1975

John Deakin

by John Deakin, assisted by Patrick Matthews, or assisted by Tom Hawkyard
vintage bromide print, 14 November 1952
NPG P1975

John Deakin, by Patrick Matthews - NPG x133303

John Deakin

by Patrick Matthews
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x133303

John Deakin, by Patrick Matthews - NPG x133304

John Deakin

by Patrick Matthews
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x133304

John Deakin, by Daniel Farson - NPG x135676

John Deakin

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x135676

John Deakin, by Daniel Farson - NPG x135677

John Deakin

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x135677

John Deakin, by Luke Kelly - NPG x68944

John Deakin

by Luke Kelly
matte cibachrome print, circa 1970
NPG x68944

John Deakin, by Luke Kelly - NPG x68940

John Deakin

by Luke Kelly
bromide print, circa 1970
NPG x68940

John Deakin, by Luke Kelly - NPG x68941

John Deakin

by Luke Kelly
bromide print, circa 1970
NPG x68941

John Deakin, by Luke Kelly - NPG x68945

John Deakin

by Luke Kelly
cibachrome print from original transparency, circa 1970
NPG x68945

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John Deakin

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative
NPG x81757

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