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Godfrey Argent

(1937-2006), Photographer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 799 portraits
Argent began his photographic career while serving with the Household Cavalry; he subsequently became a royal photographer, taking portraits of, among others, the Prince of Wales at eighteen and Princess Anne at sixteen. In 1967, having purchased the business of portraitist Walter Bird, Argent was appointed as the official photographer for the National Photographic Record at the National Portrait Gallery. He was also the official photographer for the Royal Society and had a long-running assignment to produce portraits of the stars of The Mousetrap as the cast changed. A Godfrey Argent award to promote the careers of young photographers was set up in 2007.

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Godfrey Argent, by Tom Blau, for  Camera Press - NPG x194371

Godfrey Argent

by Tom Blau, for Camera Press
bromide press print, circa 1966
NPG x194371

Godfrey Argent, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165811

Godfrey Argent

by Godfrey Argent
bromide fibre print from original negative, 1972
NPG x165811


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Susan Motlagh

13 August 2021, 22:30

No, no specifics except that he held the highest responsibility for his work.
Was passionate about his work and I, his daughter, held him in high regard.

Susan Motlagh

13 August 2021, 22:25

Bernard Godfrey was my father
I’m not sure I can help as I was young when he was successful
Very proud of my father!