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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

Malcolm Sargent, by Derek Allen - NPG x24119

Malcolm Sargent

by Derek Allen
vintage print, 1948
NPG x24119

Dame Beryl Grey, by Derek Allen - NPG x198387

Dame Beryl Grey

by Derek Allen
gelatin silver print, 1950s
NPG x198387

Josef Krips, by Derek Allen - NPG x24110

Josef Krips

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1951
NPG x24110

Dennis Brain, by Derek Allen - NPG x32793

Dennis Brain

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x32793

Lupino Lane, by Derek Allen - NPG x32796

Lupino Lane

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x32796

Sir John Barbirolli, by Derek Allen - NPG x24100

Sir John Barbirolli

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24100

Sir Adrian Boult, by Derek Allen - NPG x24104

Sir Adrian Boult

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24104

Sir Adrian Boult, by Derek Allen - NPG x75848

Sir Adrian Boult

by Derek Allen
chlorobromide print, 1952
NPG x75848

Sir Anton Dolin, by Derek Allen - NPG x24107

Sir Anton Dolin

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24107

Vilem Tausky, by Derek Allen - NPG x24117

Vilem Tausky

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24117

Stanford Robinson, by Derek Allen - NPG x24114

Stanford Robinson

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24114

George Weldon, by Derek Allen - NPG x24118

George Weldon

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1952
NPG x24118

Marie Rambert, by Derek Allen - NPG x32797

Marie Rambert

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1953
NPG x32797

Harry Blech, by Derek Allen - NPG x24102

Harry Blech

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1954
NPG x24102

Sir Arthur Bliss, by Derek Allen - NPG x24103

Sir Arthur Bliss

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1954
NPG x24103


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