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John Humphrey Spender

English photographer, painter, and textile designer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Spender operated a portrait and commercial photography studio in London from 1934 to 1939, with Bill Edmiston. From 1936 to 1938, he was the staff photographer for the Daily Mirror, and from 1937 to 1938, he was the photographer for the Mass Observation Project, which was implemented to document day-to-day English life. The project focused on the industrial town of Bolton, where Spender photographed the factories and the residents of the town. From 1938 to 1941 and 1946 to 1949, Spender was a staff photographer for Picture Post magazine. From ca. 1941 to ca. 1945, Spender acted as the official photographer for the British War Office, London. Spender abandoned photography in 1949 to concentrate on painting and textile design.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500021114.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to John Humphrey Spender:

John Humphrey Spender Westminster Abbey, 1953 Color lithograph on heavyweight machine-made wove paper
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