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Derek Allen

(1925-2016), Photographer

Artist associated with 55 portraits
Allen was born in Reigate, Surrey and was introduced to photography through a fortuitous game of golf between his school Maths master and local photographer Frank Woods. On the strength of this experience he moved to Carlton Studios in London where he worked for three years, taking still lives for trade magazines before joining the RAF. In the early 1950s Allen found premises for a studio in St. James's, London, and was encouraged to start taking photographs of conductors and music-related people. With this body of work he was approached by EMI and asked to work for them directly which he continued to do for the remainder of his long career.

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Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt, by Derek Allen, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x194228

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Derek Allen, for Camera Press: London: UK
vintage print, 1940s
NPG x194228

Dame Beryl Grey, by Derek Allen - NPG x198387

Dame Beryl Grey

by Derek Allen
gelatin silver print, 1950s
NPG x198387


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