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Nine photographic portraits of Oxford philosophers by Noel Chanan

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MS. 21154 Photogr. 1
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Comprises portrait photographs of:
  1. (fol. 1) Freddie Ayer
  2. (fols. 2-4) Isaiah Berlin, three prints
  3. (fol. 5) Stuart Hampshire
  4. (fol. 6) Iris Murdoch
  5. (fols. 7-8) Gilbert Ryle, two prints
  6. (fol. 9) Peter Strawson


  • 1970-1971


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21154 Photogr. 1

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Nine photographic portraits of Oxford philosophers, 1970-1971, by Noel Chanan

Biographical / Historical

Noel Chanan (b. 1939) is a photographer and film maker. He studied photography at college, but first worked as a documentary film maker. He worked at the BBC in this capacity between 1962-1966 and then on a freelance basis for 35 years as both a director and an editor.

Chanan's film subjects have included the history of photography, biopics of photographers and pioneers of cinema, including William, Earl of Craven & the Art of Photography (2006) and The Photographer of Penllergare, A Life of John Dillwyn Llewelyn (2013). When Chanan retired from film making he returned to photography full time and, between 1998 and 2003, had three solo exhibitions. Three of his photographic portraits (two of Ted Hughes, 1979 and one of Isaiah Berlin, 1971) are held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Chanan lives in North Devon.

See the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for information about Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997), Sir Stuart Hampshire (1914-2004), Sir Freddie Ayer (1910–1989), Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976) and Sir Peter Strawson (1919-2006).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Noel Chanan, Jan 2021
Catalogue of nine photographic portraits of Oxford philosophers by Noel Chanan
Marion Lowman
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First edition

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom