July 14, 2016

Everyday Life in England During the 1950s-60s Through John Gay's Lens

John Gay, born Hans Göhler (1909-1999), came to England in 1935. He was one of the generation of German emigres who made a contribution to British culture and academia.

After a period of war service, he established himself as a leading photographer in the late 1940s and 1950s, illustrating magazines such as The Strand and Country Fair, publishing several photographic books and working with authors such as John Betjeman. His preferred themes included light and shade, animals and children, informal shots of ordinary people at work and leisure, landscapes and rural subjects, modern architecture, and London.

He moved to Highgate, an area for which he developed a particular attachment, and became a committed supporter of Highgate Cemetery.

Here is his amazing work documenting everyday life in England during the 1950s to 1960s.

(Photos by John Gay, via English Heritage)


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