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Not just photographers, but primarily this category provides information on Edwin Smith, Raymond Moore and Tony Ray-Jones, all noted exponents of the art and now no longer with us.

Edwin Smith (1912-1971) is a well-established part of British photographic history. In his case, it would be a huge omission not to include information on his wife Olive Cook (1912-2002), a writer and artist. She was a tireless promoter of his work and perhaps his muse to a large extent.

I have included Raymond Moore (1920-1987) here because there was no information available about him on the web when I first looked back in 2001. There still isn't much, so these pages serve as the main source of information on this remarkable British photographer.

Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) is well recognised as a leading exponent of 'social documentary' photography in Britain during the 1960s and 70s and someone who I have greatly admired since those days. His inclusion was prompted by a fascinating article about one of his photographs that I read in 2004.

For now, I have grouped together in the sub-category 'Influences' information about some photographers, writers and others who have had an impact on photography or photographic practice. These include Bill Jay, Hugo Van Wadenoyen, Sir George Pollock and Alexey Brodovitch, amongst others.


  • Edwin Smith

    Edwin and Olive's wedding in 1954Olive Cook became a good friend of mine during the 1980s and I acted as her printer for Edwin’s photographs for many years. I created a website about Edwin after her death in 2002 as a small contribution to her life-long effort to keep his memory alive, something she had tirelessly devoted herself to since his death in 1971. 

    Over time, it seemed appropriate to start including information on Olive as well, as their lives were so inextricably linked. Contained within the site is much biographical information, many essays and transcriptions, together with examples of Edwin’s photographs, books, drawings, paintings and linocuts alongside biographical material on Olive and her writings.

    Where material has been gleaned from other sources acknowledgement is given. Particular thanks are due to the late Robert Elwall, for his extensive help and for giving permission to reproduce photographs from the RIBA collection free of charge. Thanks also go to John Randle of Whittington Press, for permission to reproduce many articles from Matrix and to the endlessly-patient archivists at Newnham College, Cambridge, for their cooperation on numerous occasions.

    I am particularly indebted to photographer, friend and colleague, Brian Human, who has helped immeasurably during the evolution of the website. His contributions based on interviews with people that knew Edwin and Olive and his extensive research at the RIBA and of the Olive Smith Papers held by Newnham College library give the content a richness it would not otherwise have.

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