'The Lion of Kashmir'
Just bought on eBay - a photo of Sheikh Abdullah which bears the date on the back of 24th September 1965. He was then 59, and - as the press note on the back of the photo confirms - at that time in detention. I'm not clear whether the photographer was able to take this picture while Abdullah was under arrest or whether it's a re-release of an earlier portrait photo.
LATER: And the photographer? Well, there was a very famous camera man by the name of 'Baron' who worked for Camera Press ...
Sterling Henry Nahum died in 1956 - this is his obituary in 'The Times' - but it seems that he took this portrait shot of Sheikh Abdullah, and then it was recirculated by the Camera Press agency in 1965.
It's also possible that this photo was indeed taken in or around 1965 by Baron Studios, which continued in operation until 1974. Of this, the National Portrait Gallery says: Founded by the dance, film and celebrity photographer Baron (born Sterling Henry Nahum) , 1906-56, the studios operated between 1954 and 1974 from London studios on Brick Street, Park Lane and Mayfair. They employed a number of operators including Count Zichy and principally Rex Coleman. Though primarily consisting of over 10,000 studio portraits of businessmen, many of the more interesting subjects, including those in colour or on location, portray writers, musicians, foreign dignitaries, artists, broadcasters and fashion designers. Godfrey Argent purchased Baron Studios in 1974 and the collection was generously donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 1999.
DearAndrew Whitehead, I have just written a book on Kashmir and would love to carry this photo in the illustrations - is it copyright?
Hi Radha, I don't know where the rights lie - I would be very happy for you to use the image but I don't own the rights. I'd love to hear more about your book. A
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