A Maverick Eye: The Street Photography of John Deakin
Artist(s): John Deakin
Author(s): Robin Muir
Year published: First published 2002
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: 192 Illustrations, 7 in colour
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His chief focus is on ordinary life. His pictures of people from dog walkers to nuns reveal an empathy to rival that of Doisneau and Brassaï. Equally intriguing are his depictions of life with the participants gone: a vanished vernacular of chalked-up children’s games, of graffitied messages of love or anger, street signs, peeling walls and shop-front banners – signals from another age.
Here is a far broader range of photography than that on which Deakin’s reputation rested in his lifetime. But the creative souls and maverick talents that frequented the streets of Soho in its heyday – Francis Bacon, and Lucian Freud among them – make their appearance along with anonymous figures and faces from Paris and Rome.
Both friends and stars appear in Robin Muir’s introduction, which describes both Deakin the man and Deakin the artist. Though a legendary drinking companion in artistic circles, he was not universally popular, yet he was admired by his circle and greatly respected for his originality.
After his death in 1972 Deakin’s work lay neglected for a number of years and his reputation dwindled. This book restores him to his proper place as one of the great photographers of the postwar period.