Henderson lamented his lack of technical skill, but this portrait is strikingly effective in its contrasting areas of light and dark - highlighting just the face, set in concentration, and the fingers at work. This print is taken from Henderson’s original negative, reproduced here for the first time in print format. It features minor imperfections in keeping with vintage photography, and a small additional credit line on the image.
A musician performing on a double bass
Date of work
Nigel Henderson (1917 – 1985) was a British photographer and artist. In his early career he worked in avant-garde collages and paintings, exhibiting at the Guggenheim Jeun alongside Pablo Picasso. After serving as a pilot during the Second World War, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he formed a life-long friendship with Eduardo Paolozzi. Henderson took these photographs of the East End whilst recovering from the trauma of the war, and they capture a vibrant portrait of 1950s East London and its post-war community.