by John Havinden
bromide print, 1930
10 in. x 8 in. (254 mm x 203 mm)
Sitterback to top
- John Havinden (1908-1987), Photographer. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Havinden (1908-1987), Photographer. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The fusion of sans-serif type (spelling FOTO) with the shape of his glasses alludes to Foto-Auge (Photo-Eye), a book published in 1929 to mark the Stuttgart 'Film und Foto' exhibition.
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- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 63 Read entry
Havinden’s work as a photographer was modernist: stark, abstract and uncompromising. Time working at his brother’s design company perhaps inspired the clever fusion of sans-serif type with the shape of his glasses. Havinden’s self-portrait alludes to Foto-Auge (Photo-Eye), a book published in Germany in 1929 to mark the Stuttgart ‘Film und Foto’ exhibition.
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 207 Read entry
Brother of the designer Ashley Havinden, John Havinden began his photographic career in Australia, before returning to London in 1929, where, with the backing of Madame Yevonde, he set up Gretton Photographs (1930), a studio for commercial and colour photography. Until he abandoned photography in 1938, Havinden produced a considerable volume of advertising work, much of it for Crawford's Agency (of which his brother was a director), for clients such as HMV and Standard Cars. Precise, stark, with a strong feeling for underlying abstract forms, his work parallels in photography the modernist tendency in British art of the period.
This self-portrait is a characteristic blend of the figurative and abstract, in which the German word 'FOTO', is spelled out across Havinden's features, part in modernist sanserif type and part in the form of his spectacles. The allusion is to Foto-Auge ('photo-eye'), a book published in Germany in 1929 to mark the Stuttgart 'Film und Foto' exhibition, at which Cecil Beaton was the only British photographer to be exhibited.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000 (20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006)
Events of 1930back to top
Current affairsAmy Johnson is the first woman to fly solo to Australia. She flew the 11,000 miles from Croydon to Darwin in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth named Jason and won the Harmon Trophy as well as a CBE for her achievement. She went on to break a number of other flying records, and died while serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941.
Art and scienceNoel Coward's play, Private Lives is first performed. The original run starred Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier as well as Coward himself. Private Lives became Coward's most enduringly successful play.
InternationalGandhi leads the Salt March. The march to the coast was a direct protest against the British monopoly on the sale of salt and inspired hordes of Indians to follow him and adopt his methods of Satyagraha (non-violent resistance to the British rule of India).
Stalin orders the 'liquidation of the kulaks (wealthy farmers) as a class' in a violent attempt to centralise control of agriculture and collectivise farming.