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Photographic portraits of Oxford philosophers by Noel Chanan


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Portrait photographs of Oxford philosophers and academics, by Noel Chanan. 15 prints and 13 colour transparencies. Subjects include Freddie Ayer, Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire, Iris Murdoch, Gilbert Ryle, and Peter Strawson.


  • Creation: 1970-1971


0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 21154 Photogr. 1, item 1].

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MS. 21154 Photogr. 1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21154; 22935


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 and 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, and he has written William, Earl of Craven and 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, held three solo exhibitions. Three of his photographic portraits (two of Ted Hughes, 1979, and one of Isaiah Berlin, 1971) are 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

Donated by Noel Chanan in 2021.

Catalogue of photographic portraits of Oxford philosophers by Noel Chanan
Marion Lowman; second edition by Phillip Roberts.
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Second edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom