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    Banfield, Arthur Clive, born 1875 - died 1965
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    Banfield, Arthur Clive, born 1875 - died 1965 (photographer)

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    Given by the Estate of Peter Moyse

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Arthur Banfield (1875-1965) was a versatile photographer who worked in a range of genres, including pictorial photographs, portraits and landscapes to photo micrography. He became a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in 1920 and was admitted as a Fellow in 1921. He was very active within the RPS lecture circuit and also wrote many articles for The Photographic Journal.

Banfield spent his life living and working in North London. In the early 1930s, he made a number of images of the lions, tigers and other big cats at London Zoo. The photographer's wife, Faye Banfield, was known as a 'lion whisperer' and it is likely her ability to charm the animals helped Banfield to photograph the animals in such serene postures. The close-up portraits have a timeless feel and capture a sense of individual personality in each animal.

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Photograph depicting an adult male tiger's head in profile.


Banfield, Arthur Clive, born 1875 - died 1965 (photographer)

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Signed by the artist


Width: 40.1 cm Mount, Height: 50.7 cm Mount, Width: 30.0 cm Image, Height: 37.5 cm Image

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Photograph by Arthur Clive Banfield, 'Peter Neil', about 1934, gelatin silver print


Gelatin silver process; Photography

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