Nigel HENDERSON 1917-1985

Nigel HENDERSON was a documentary and experimental photographer whose work was instrumental in the development of British contemporary art in the 1950s and 1960s. His friendships with members of the Bloomsbury Group, as well as literary figures T.S. Elliot and Bertolt Brecht and artists Marcel Duchamp and Alberto Giacometti, had a tremendous impact on his work and distinguished Henderson from his peers (namely Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton), all of whom felt stifled by the parochialism of the post-war British art establishment. In this context, Henderson emerged as a critical conduit of information and ideas for his contemporaries. He was one of the founding members of The Independent Group (IG) in 1952, and with Paolozzi and the Smithsons, organised the ground-breaking exhibition 'Parallel of Life' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 1953.


His inclusion in important group exhibitions at Firstsite Colchester (2013) and Tate Britain (2015) has cemented his reputation. His work is included in the collections of the Tate; National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum.