Photos to pierce the soul. David Bailey inspires Rasen teenager

Henry Kenyon EMN-140906-085110001
Henry Kenyon EMN-140906-085110001

Henry Kenyon from Kingerby, near Market Rasen, is staging his first photography exhibition at Harrow School.

The 17-year-old will be displaying 27 black-and-white pictures of teachers, or beaks, as they are called at the school, all shot one after another, on a single day earlier this year.

“I was incredibly lucky that the beaks totally entered into it, bringing favourite hats, dogs, tea cups, to make it really personal.”

The exhibition, at the school’s Passmore Gallery, is expected to attract the support of many fellow pupils, teachers and other guests.

Henry describes the event on Thursday, June 12, as “almost a homage” to Bailey, though he has yet to meet him.

“I was inspired by David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Especially by the way in which he captures a complete personality in a single image.”

To take the photos, Henry transformed a squash court at school into a photographic studio and corralled the teachers into a succession of 15-minute sittings.

“David Bailey is a photographer of celebrities. At school, the teachers are the celebrities. Our headmaster is an A-lister. It was good to use the camera to look into their souls and capture what epitomises them in one image.”

Harrow has a great tradition of photography - Fox Talbot, the founder of modern photography, Cecil Beaton, Patrick Lichfield and Hugo Burnand, the Royal Wedding photographer, are amongst its old boys.

Henry certainly has some great footsteps to follow, and he well might, with him already gaining a place to read photojournalism at the London College of Communications.

He is also the son of Caroline Kenyon, who at aged 27 was editor of Traveller magazine, working with names such as Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Edmund Hillary, but now runs PR and communications agency, Kenyon Communications, from the small Lincolnshire village.

Henry has already worked for several magazines and produced work for council newsletters, with many of his pictures published on his website.