This area of the site provides some information about Edwin Smith, Raymond Moore and Tony Ray-Jones, all now no longer with us but all of considerable importance in the development of photography in the UK.
Edwin Smith (1912-1971) is a well-established part of British photographic history. In his case, it would be a huge omission not to include information on his wife Olive Cook (1912-2002), a writer and artist. She was a tireless promoter of his work and perhaps his muse to a large extent. A separate area of the site is devoted to her.
I have included Raymond Moore (1920-1987) here because there was no information available about him on the web when I first looked back in 2001. There still isn’t much, so these pages aim to serve as a source of information on this remarkable British photographer.
Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) is well recognised as a leading exponent of ‘social documentary’ photography in Britain during the 1960s and 70s and someone who I have greatly admired since those days. His inclusion was prompted by a fascinating article about one of his photographs that I read in 2004, which is included in this section.
Other references to key players can be found in the ‘‘Ephemera‘ section. Information about some photographers, writers and others who have had an impact on photography or photographic practice. These include Bill Jay, Hugo Van Wadenoyen, Sir George Pollock and Alexey Brodovitch, amongst others.
Last reviewed/updated: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Olive Cook – a brief biography
Olive Smith (née Cook) was not a photographer; she was
Edwin Smith’s wife and immensely important in his life and work.
It is apt, and perhaps inevitable, that Olive Cook’s first book was Cambridgeshire: Aspects of a County, for she was born, brought up and educated in Cambridge. In Cambridgeshire she wrote, ‘It is not easy to give an impression of a place to which one has never been a stranger’; and ‘Every native of the town and all the men and women who have spent three years of their lives among those images of splendour and repose must forever cherish memories of Cambridge.‘ Olive’s parents and grandparents were Cambridge people too.=