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Michael Peto

Michael Peto’s introduction to British culture came with his fleeing of hometown Budapest in 1939. His interest in photojournalistic photography developed while he submerged himself in politics helping to reconstruct post-war Hungary. Initially covering politics and current events, his style later became popular in the world of performance. Photographing iconic faces in music, ballet and acting led to a collection of over 130 000 negatives and prints by the time of his death in 1970.

Proud Galleries featured a selection of Peto’s collection in the group exhibition Remember Love: John Lennon in 2007 and the solo show Revolutionary 196in 2011.