Grant, Henry

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Grant, Henry

Henry Grant was a freelance photographer based in London.

Grant developed his passion for photography before the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1946 he opted out of his family's textile business and took up photography for a living. He began by taking portraits of children, but soon started to work for a news agency on Fleet Street where he could pursue a career as a photojournalist.

Grant's wife, Rose, was working as a reporter for the communist newspaper the Daily Worker. Grant sometimes photographed the political events she was covering, and the couple successfully collaborated on many projects.

Grant photographed endlessly, both for the stories he was sent to illustrate and whilst travelling about in between these assignments. He was skilled at spotting and capturing spontaneous moments. He would photograph as candidly as possible, usually by waiting for the subject to become accustomed to his and the camera's presence. In 1950, Grant wrote,

'In taking photographs of people, I work on the principle that there must be an uninterrupted flow of movement - the camera can capture only a fraction of the flow but it must leave the rhythm of the movement undisturbed'.

Grant had developed his style of photography by the 1950s. He was working extensively for Fleet Street and produced numerous features on London for publications such as the Times Weekly Review. He had a regular presence in What's On In London under the byline 'Familiar London seen afresh through the camera eye of Henry Grant'.

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