Baron (photographer)

Stirling Henry Nahum[1] (1906 - 5 September 1956[2]), or Sterling Henry Nahum (sources differ), known professionally as Baron, was a society and court photographer in the United Kingdom.[1][3]

He was born in England of Italian Jewish heritage. Having embarked on a career as a photographer, in his thirties he began to find prominence for his pictures of the ballet, and was often found at the Sadler's Wells ballet company. After the war he concentrated on society and celebrity portraits.[4]

A friend of Prince Philip, he was appointed a Court Photographer to the British Royal Family, and took the official photographs for many occasions such as the wedding of Philip to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, the christenings of their children Charles and Anne and other occasions.[3] Prince Philip put forward his name in 1953 to take the official photographs of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, but the Queen Mother preferred Cecil Beaton.[5]

The following year, he founded Baron Studios on Park Lane in London's Mayfair, taking commissioned portraits by photographers including Theodore Zichy and Rex Coleman[6] mainly of leading businessmen. However, one notable sitter was Marilyn Monroe, whom he photographed in 1954, in an outdoor shoot in California.[3] During the first year in his studio, Antony Armstrong-Jones was one of his assistants.[7]

Only two years after founding his new venture, Baron died at the age of 50. Baron Studios continued in business before being sold off in 1974. The Studio's photograph collection was donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 1999.[1]

Baron appears as a character in the Netflix production The Crown in Season 1, Episode 6, played by Julius D'Silva.

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  1. ^ a b c National Portrait Gallery. "NPG Photographic holdings - prints Collections". Archived from the original on 28 May 2013.
  2. ^ New York Times online. "Pay Articles from September 1956 part 5". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. STIRLING H. NAHUM DIES; Was Official Photographer at Coronation of Elizabeth II.
  3. ^ a b c "Marilyn's Photographers - Ted Baron". Archived from the original on 21 Apr 2012.
  4. ^ Butson, Matthew. "The Forgotten Ones" (PDF). Getty Images. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 Aug 2011.
  5. ^ Channel 4. "The Queen's Coronation: Behind Palace Doors (2008)".
  6. ^ Baron Studios on the National Portrait Gallery website
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