John Hedgecoe   
Award-winning British photographer John Hedgecoe (1932-2010) was known for his unconventional and elegant approach to portraiture. Hedgecoe photographed all the major British arts and science luminaries. Click on a thumbnail image for preview and caption.
 

Francis Bacon in 1969 - Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 - 28 April 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter.  He was a collateral descendant of the Elizabethan philosopher Francis Bacon. His artwork was well-known for its bold, austere, and often grotesque or nightmarish imagery. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Profile of Queen Elizabeth II photographed for a new set of postage stamps in 1966 and in constant use for at least the next 34 years. Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) born 21st April, 1926,  is the Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth Realms. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto/ The Image Works
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David Hockney in his Bayswater studio in 1972. Born July 9, 1937, English artist, based in California. An important contributor to the British Pop Art of the 1960s, he is considered by some to be one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.  John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Henry Moore (1898-1986) on holiday at the beach with beach huts in the background. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Clown - picture taken with a zoom lens and cropped in-camera © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto/ The Image Works
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Barbara Hepworth in 1970 - Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE (January 10, 1903 - May 20, 1975), born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. She was certainly the pre-eminent female English sculptor and often considered as great a sculptor as her friend and contemporary Henry Moore. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Percy Shaw in 1966.  Percy Shaw was born in Halifax in West Yorkshire in 1890, the son of Jimmy Shaw, a dyer's labourer, who worked at a local mill. He patented the reflective road stud (cat's eye).  He was inventive, even at a young age, but his most famous invention was the catseye for lighting the way along roads in the dark. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Romanian couple with grandchild. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Agatha May Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 - 12 January 1976), also known as Dame Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her 80 mystery novels, particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, which have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the mystery novel. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Erte in 1980 - Romain de Tirtoff (pseudonym Erté, a French pronunciation of initials R.T.) (November 23, 1892 - April 21, 1990) was a French artist and designer. Tirtoff was born as Roman Petrovich Tyrtov in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire in a very distingushed family with roots traced back to 1548. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Vita Sackville-West in her study in the tower at Sissinghurst Castle in 1958. - The Hon Vita Sackville-West (March 9, 1892 - June 2, 1962) was an English poet, novelist and gardener. Her long narrative poem, The Land, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927. She won it again, the only writer to do so, in 1933 with her Collected Poems. She helped create her own gardens in Sissinghurst, Kent which provide the backdrop to Sissinghurst Castle. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, her strong marriage, and her passionate affairs with women. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Lady Diana Cooper - Lady Diana Manners (August 29, 1892 - June 16, 1986), later Lady Diana Cooper and then Diana, Viscountess Norwich, was the youngest daughter of Henry John Brinsley Manners, the 8th Duke of Rutland and his wife, Violet Lindsay, Duchess of Rutland, but was widely supposed to be the illegitimate daughter of Henry Cust. In her prime, she had the widespread reputation as the most beautiful young woman in England, and countless profiles, photographs and articles in newspapers and magazines made her very much the &quotPrincess Diana" of her era. Her niece was Lady Rose McLaren and her nephew (Rose's brother), the 7th Marquess of Anglesey.  She became active in The Coterie, an influential group of young English aristocrats and intellectuals of the 1910s whose influence and numbers were cut short by the First World War. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Fred Streeter - Radio gardener. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Terry Frost, 1990, photographed in his studio overlooking Newlyn harbour, Cornwall. Sir Terrence Ernest Manitou Frost (Terry Frost 13 October 1915-1 September 2003) painter. Terry’s work is full of vitality, colour and rhythm, which reflects the man and his great humour.  He was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, in 1915, where he was educated until 1929.  He served in the British Army from 1939 to 1945 and was a prisoner of war in Salonika, Poland and Germany Stalag 383.  During his wartime experience he was nearly killed several times and saw a lot of his best friends die.  While a prisoner of war, Terry met the painter Adrian Heath, he encouraged him to paint and then to apply to Camberwell School of Art and to live and work in St Ives.  When he returned to London in 1947, he studied at Camberwell School of Art, under Victor Pasmore, William Coldstream and Lawrence Gowing, and then at the Penzance School of Art.  Terry produced his first abstract paintings in 1947, but had previously exhibited with a solo show in 1944 at the Leamington Spa Library.  His first abstract show in 1951, was at the Riverside Museum, New York which was a show of Danish, British and American Abstract Art.  At this time Terry was also assistant to Barbara Hepworth on the Festival of British Sculptures.  In 1952 Terry had his first one man show in London at the Leicester Galleries.  By the late 1950’s Terry Frost was established as a leading figure, and is acknowledged as being in the forefront of the British Modernist Movement.  From that time until Terry’s death he continued to work inexhaustibly and exhibit through out the world.  He has enjoyed a career spanning six decades. In 1992 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts and in 1998 Terry was knighted in the New Years Honours list.  Terry leaves behind his beloved wife Kath and six children. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works<br>
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Sir John Gielgud, actor, 1959, taken during his first one-man show in London called 'The Ages of Man'. - Sir Arthur John Gielgud OM, CH (14 April 1904 - 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an English theatre and film actor, regarded by many as one of the greatest British actors in history. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - J B Priestley in 1978 - John Boynton Priestley, OM (September 13, 1894, Bradford - August 14, 1984, Stratford-upon-Avon) was an English writer and broadcaster. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Scene from the TV period drama Upstairs Downstairs. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Boy playing a tune on an island in the Outer Hebrides. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Keith Waterhouse, journalist writer, playwright in 1959. Keith Waterhouse (born 6 February 1929 in Leeds, England) is a novelist, newspaper columnist, and the writer of many television series. His extended style book for the Daily Mirror, Waterhouse On Newspaper Style, is regarded as a classic textbook for modern journalism. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Kay Lockwood in 1993 - sister-in-law of actress Margaret Lockwood. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Henry Moore in 1966 - Henry Spencer Moore OM CH, (30 July 1898 - 31 August 1986) -  was a British artist and sculptor. The son of a mining engineer, born in the Yorkshire town of Castleford, Moore became well known for his large-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form of modernism into the United Kingdom.  His ability to satisfy large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy towards the end of his life. However, he lived frugally and most of his wealth went to endow the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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John Keast-Butler - Consultant ophthalmologist Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, 1977-2002 (b London 1937; q Cambridge/University College Hospital, London, 1964; FRCS, FRCOphth), d 19 March 2005. John Keast-Butler was big in stature and big in personality. Not only was he a meticulous clinician but also a master craftsman in an immense range of practical skills as manifested in the beautiful home and gardens that he and his wife, Brigid, created on the banks of the Cam. Among many appointments, he was director of studies in clinical medicine at Trinity College and honorary secretary of the Cambridge Medical Graduates' Club. John and Brigid were travelling in Goa earlier in early 2005 when he had a major fall that preceded a fatal pulmonary embolus. He leaves Brigid and three children. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Henry Spencer Moore OM CH, (30 July 1898 - 31 August 1986) -  was a British artist and sculptor. The son of a mining engineer, born in the Yorkshire town of Castleford, Moore became well known for his large-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form of modernism into the United Kingdom.  His ability to satisfy large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy towards the end of his life. However, he lived frugally and most of his wealth went to endow the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Henry Spencer Moore OM CH, (30 July 1898 - 31 August 1986) -  was a British artist and sculptor. The son of a mining engineer, born in the Yorkshire town of Castleford, Moore became well known for his large-scale abstract cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form of modernism into the United Kingdom.  His ability to satisfy large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy towards the end of his life. However, he lived frugally and most of his wealth went to endow the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - (l-r) John Mortimer, barrister, playwright, actor; N.F.Simpson, playwright; and Harold Pinter, actor nd playwright; performing in Three, a triple bill at the Arts Theatre, London, 1960. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Allen Jones - British Pop Artist, born in 1937. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Noel Coward - Sir Noël Peirce Coward ( 16 December 1899 - 26 March 1973 ) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit and flamboyance. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Augustus John in 1957 - Augustus Edwin John OM (January 4, 1878 - October 13, 1961) was a Welsh painter. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Silhouette of children's band wih clearly defined outlines. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Marc Chagall in 1958 - Marc Chagall (7 July 1887 - 28 March 1985) was a Russian - French painter who was born in Belarus. Among the celebrated painters of the 20th century, he is often associated with the Surrealist movement. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto / The Image Works
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Lone cyclist in a shower of rain, individual raindrops visible. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto/ The Image Works
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The formal gardens at Castle Drummond in Scotland. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto/ The Image Works
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Lone female figure walking down a snow covered lane away from the camera. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Fruit still life in style of old master painting. © John Hedgecoe / TopFoto / The Image Works
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Vaulted ceiling of the nave, Westminster Abbey, London, England. © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto/ The Image Works<br>
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