John Gay, born Hans Göhler (1909-1999), came to England in 1935. He was one of the generation of German emigres who made a contribution to British culture and academia. After a period of war service, he established himself as a leading photographer in the late 1940s and 1950s, illustrating magazines such as The Strand and Country Fair, publishing several photographic books and working with authors such as John Betjeman. His preferred themes included light and shade, animals and children, informal shots of ordinary people at work and leisure, landscapes and rural subjects, modern architecture, and London.
Morris Dancers performing in a rural town. (Probably for St. George’s Day)
Traditional fencing methods in the countryside.
A family skating on a frozen pond.
The Snowman resting on a bench.
This man is homeless, and living rough in the countryside during Winter.
A Buckinghamshire town in Winter.
A cake shop in Padstow, Cornwall. The girl is trying to decide which cake she wants.
A West Indian immigrant in a London Street Market. You can see from the face of the man that she attracted attention at that time.
Feeding the geese in a countryside village.
Urban living in North London.
A Poodle chauffeur.
Old lady walking through a rural town.
Christmas decorations in a Central London shopping street.
A Christmas street market in London.
Traffic at a standstill in North London.
Enjoying the rides at a Summer Fair in North London.