Collage of subjects photographed by Peto,with self-portrait
Collage of subjects photographed by Peto, with self-portrait
Montage of subjects photographed by Michael Peto
Collage of publications featuring Peto photographs

The Peto collection contains over 130,000, mainly black and white, images taken by the Hungarian photo-journalist Michael Peto (1908-1970).

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Major themes include pre and post-war Britain, Eastern Europe, Israel and India. Many famous figures from the worlds of politics, art and entertainment are featured in his work, and some of these photographs are especially unique, including the Beatles, Nelson Mandela in London and the London ballet world of Rudolf Nureyev.

See a selection of images on the Peto Gallery

Support the Peto Collection

Self portrait of photographer Michael PetoBy working with us as an individual, corporate donor, trust and foundation, or a creative partner, you are investing in the future of one of the largest, compelling and extraordinary collections of photojournalism in the UK. 

The Peto Collection requires support from both public and private sources to help us preserve and manage the collection, undertake essential research and digital preservation, present exhibitions across the UK and overseas, and build learning and access through public programming.

For further information and to learn more about supporting The Peto Collection, please contact the Archive