The Samuels children, friends of the Henderson family, frequently appear in Henderson’s photographs of his neighbourhood. Here, Peter Samuels poses for a striking portrait, full of self-confidence and presence. 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.
Photograph of Peter Samuels
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.