John Deakin

John Deakin was an English photographer, best known for his work centered around members of Francis Bacon’s Soho inner circle at the legendary private members’ club, The Colony Room.

Francis Bacon, 1952

William Turnbull, 1951

Keith Vaughan, 1951

Barbara Hepworth, 1952

Oliver Bernard, 1952

The Colony Room School. L-R: Timothy Behrens, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews at Wheeler’s, 1962

George Dyer, 1964

John Deakin: Bruce Bernard, Jeffrey Bernard

Francis Bacon and George Dyer, 1960s

Girl in Cafe, late 1950s

Tony Abbro, Abbro and Varriano, newsagents, Dean Street, Soho, 1961

Roger Mayne, 1957

J.P. Donleavy, 1950s

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, the exhibition currently on show at The Photographer’s Gallery, will give you a glimpse of Soho’s streets and bohemian characters in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Images via  The Photographer’s Gallery and

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