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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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Harry Diamond, by Richard Coward - NPG x199303

Harry Diamond

by Richard Coward
bromide fibre print, 1970s
NPG x199303

Harry Diamond, Brick Lane, by Harry Diamond - NPG x199373

Harry Diamond, Brick Lane

by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 1973
NPG x199373

Harry Diamond, by Ray Renolds - NPG x128068

Harry Diamond

by Ray Renolds
bromide fibre print, 1978
NPG x128068

Harry Diamond, by Matthew R. Lewis - NPG x200851

Harry Diamond

by Matthew R. Lewis
gelatin silver print, 1980s
NPG x200851

Harry Diamond, by Michael Woods - NPG x196212

Harry Diamond

by Michael Woods
bromide print, 1986
NPG x196212

Michael Woods; Harry Diamond, by Michael Woods - NPG x196211

Michael Woods; Harry Diamond

by Michael Woods
bromide print, 1988
NPG x196211



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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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