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David Newell-Smith

(1937-2017), Photographer

Artist of 91 portraits
Born in Kent, David Newell-Smith began photographing whilst on National Service in the Royal Air Force. He joined the staff of The Observer in 1964 and became a frequent contributor. Newell-Smith documented the 1966 colliery tragedy at Abefan, the 1967 war in Jordan, the 1968 student riots in Paris, and photographed 1960s celebrities such as Twiggy and the Rolling Stones. He also attended Labour and Conservative party conferences and captured key moments in political history. In these close-up and often highly expressive portraits taken with a Nikon F camera fitted with a specially adapted 500mm Russian mirror lens, Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, William Whitelaw, Jeremy Thorpe, George Brown, Jennie Lee, Enoch Powell and many more are captured deep in thought or conversation.

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A Prayer in Downing Street, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200311

A Prayer in Downing Street

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, 16 January 1965
NPG x200311

Jeremy Thorpe, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200243

Jeremy Thorpe

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, 21 September 1968
NPG x200243

Jeremy Thorpe, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200244

Jeremy Thorpe

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, 21 September 1968
NPG x200244

Jeremy Thorpe, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200245

Jeremy Thorpe

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, 21 September 1968
NPG x200245

William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, Viscount Whitelaw, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200220

William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, Viscount Whitelaw

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, October 1970
NPG x200220

Jo Grimond; Jeremy Thorpe, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200221

Jo Grimond; Jeremy Thorpe

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200221

Margaret Thatcher, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200222

Margaret Thatcher

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200222

Margaret Thatcher, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200223

Margaret Thatcher

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200223

Margaret Thatcher, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200224

Margaret Thatcher

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200224

Harold Wilson; (Gladys) Mary Wilson (née Baldwin), Lady Wilson of Rievaulx, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200225

Harold Wilson; (Gladys) Mary Wilson (née Baldwin), Lady Wilson of Rievaulx

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200225

Harold Wilson; (Gladys) Mary Wilson (née Baldwin), Lady Wilson of Rievaulx, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200226

Harold Wilson; (Gladys) Mary Wilson (née Baldwin), Lady Wilson of Rievaulx

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200226

Harold Wilson, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200227

Harold Wilson

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200227

Harold Wilson, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200228

Harold Wilson

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200228

Harold Wilson, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200229

Harold Wilson

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200229

Sir Edward Heath, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200230

Sir Edward Heath

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200230

Sir Edward Heath; Anthony Perrinott Lysberg Barber, Baron Barber of Wentbridge, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200231

Sir Edward Heath; Anthony Perrinott Lysberg Barber, Baron Barber of Wentbridge

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200231

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200232

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200232

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200233

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200233

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200234

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200234

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