John Hedgecoe

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John Hedgecoe (24 March 1932 – 3 June 2010)[1] was an award-winning British photographer and author of over 30 books on photography.[2] He established the photography department in 1965 at the Royal College of Art, where he was Professor from 1975 to 1994 and Professor Emeritus until his death.[1] He was also Pro-Rector of the college from 1981 to 1994.[3] His photographs appear in permanent collections at the New York Museum of Modern Art and London's National Portrait Gallery.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hedgecoe was born in Brentford, Middlesex. Born the son of a banker, John Hedgecoe received his first camera from his father at the age of 14. As a Hedgecoe and his family were evacuated to Gulval during the World War II. They settled in Gulval, a village near Penzance in Cornwall where he attended the local school.[4]


Hedgecoe attended Guildford Art School, while also completing his National Service with the RAF. During his service with the RAF is where Hedgecoe first began experimenting with his talents of aerial photographic surveys of bomb damage from the second world war.[5]

Postage stamps[edit]

Hedgecoe’s profile shot of the Queen was made by him in June 1967, and was then used by Arnold Machin (a well-known stamp design sculptor) to make a plaster version. Once the plaster version was produced, Hedgecoe photographed it for the stamp image which is now familiar to many.[6]



  1. ^ a b Hopkinson, Amanda (29 June 2010). "John Hedgecoe obituary". Culture: Art & Design: Photography. The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b Bainbridge, Simon. "The man who taught the world to photograph". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "John Hedgecoe Comes ‘Home’ in RCA Exhibition". Royal College of Art. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  4. ^ "John Hedgecoe Obituary". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Professor John Hedgecoe". The Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "Royal stamp photographer dies today". World Stamp News. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.