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Harry Diamond

(1924-2009), Photographer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist of 217 portraits
Photographer. Born in London's East End, Diamond worked for twenty years as a stagehand before taking up photography in 1969. He documented the changing cityscape of South London and the East End in the 1970s. In Soho, he captured his friends and the rising stars of the art world, including Eduardo Paolozzi and Lucian Freud (photographs in the National Portrait Gallery collection). One of Freud's early paintings of Diamond, Interior at Paddington (1951), was commissioned for the Arts Council's exhibition Sixty Paintings for 51, as part of the Festival of Britain.

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Lucian Freud, by Harry Diamond - NPG x135769

Lucian Freud

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 9 November 1969
NPG x135769

Lucian Freud, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210129

Lucian Freud

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 9 November 1969
NPG x210129

'Big' George Patterson, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210022

'Big' George Patterson

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210022

Lucian Freud, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210023

Lucian Freud

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 16 February 1970
NPG x210023

Unknown boy, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210301

Unknown boy

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970
NPG x210301

Unknown man and woman, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210302

Unknown man and woman

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 19 September 1970
NPG x210302

Seven unknown children, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210303

Seven unknown children

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 5 January 1970
NPG x210303

East End dog, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210304

East End dog

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970
NPG x210304

Unknown man, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210307

Unknown man

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210307

Unknown man, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210039

Unknown man

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210039

Stephen Finer, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210048

Stephen Finer

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210048

Stephen Finer, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210049

Stephen Finer

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210049

Stephen Finer, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210050

Stephen Finer

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210050

Stephen Finer, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210051

Stephen Finer

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210051

Elizabeth Smart; unknown man, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210053

Elizabeth Smart; unknown man

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210053

Unknown man; Elizabeth Smart, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210054

Unknown man; Elizabeth Smart

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210054

Gaston Berlemont and three unknown men, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210055

Gaston Berlemont and three unknown men

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210055

Humphrey Ocean, by Harry Diamond - NPG x210056

Humphrey Ocean

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1970s
NPG x210056

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Anna Fell

14 January 2021, 12:02

He was a friend of mine and a very kind man. He was very insistent that I went to a jazz concert along with a Turkish artist whose name I can't remember. He was laughing quietly throughout. When I asked him why, he said that it amused him that a Muslim a Jew and a Christian were all at a jazz concert together. He also told me not to drink spirits. I was quite young.

jude mcgowan

21 December 2020, 17:51

Not much really. I was in and around Soho in the 60's with my boyfriend Willie mcgowan [later husband] he worked as a stagehand around the West End theatres and I presume that is where he met Harry Diamond. He was a strange, small quiet man who used to frequent the pubs we did like The French House, the Kismit Club and Cave de France club. We moved to Ealing and he must have liked jazz because we used to see him at the Ealing Jazz Festival which happened every summer.

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