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]

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.[4]


  • Manual of Photography Focal Press, 1977, ISBN 0240509579
  • John Hedgecoe's Nude Photography Simon Schuster, 1984 ISBN 0-671-52326-0
  • The Photographer’s Handbook Alfred A. Knopf, 1992, ISBN 0679742042
  • The New Manual of Photography DK Publishing, 2003
  • John Hedgecoe's Complete Guide to Black White Photography Sterling, 2005, ISBN 1402728123
  • How to Take Great Photographs Collins & Brown, 2005, ISBN 1843403307


  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. ^ "Royal stamp photographer dies today". World Stamp News. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.