Peto photographed many famous figures from the worlds of politics, art and entertainment. As a photo-journalist he also captured images of pre and post-war Britain and of Eastern Europe, Israel and India.

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Peto and the arts

Peto's photographic collection features luminaries from the worlds of art, theatre, film, literature and music. These include the Beatles, Laurence Olivier, CS Lewis, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, High McDiarmid, Rudolph Nureyev and Mstislav Rostropovich

Peto's Britain

Michael Peto came to Britain at the outbreak of WW2 and taught himself photography. He travelled extensively in the course of his career, and as a photojournalist recorded the anonymous and ordinary as well as prominent and famous people. In the gallery below, Peto's images often offer a stark and honest picture of Britain in the 1950s and 60s.

Politics in focus

In the early post war years Michael Peto had established himself as a photographer and in 1949 joined The Observer. As a photo-journalist Peto had access to the world's leaders and to political events of the 1950s and '60s.

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