Iron Pyramid. Southbank, Middlesbrough 1970s ©Robin Dale / Mary Evans Picture Library
Iron Pyramid. Southbank, Middlesbrough 1970s ©Robin Dale / Mary Evans Picture Library

Mary Evans Picture Library is delighted to announce recent representation of the 1960s and 1970s photographic work of Robin Dale. Robin was born in Stockton-on-Tees in north east England in 1940 and became fascinated with photography as a teenager, embarking on a five-year study of urban life in Britain in the late sixties. In Robin’s book Twelve on a Roll, John Tierney writes, “his images are the product of a profound love of people and places. He shares in their joys and sadnesses and invites not passivity but active engagement on the part of the viewer. Ordinary men and women become extraordinary, which is what they have always been.” Robin’s photographs capture children and adults in moments of joy, contemplation and solitude, not to mention some fantastic 1970s outfits, while his images of broken buildings and industrial landscapes are markers of economic and social change. Click here for an edited selection.

Princess Margaret and Billy Wallace, 1950s ©Michael Chevis / Mary Evans Picture Library
Princess Margaret and Billy Wallace, 1950s ©Michael Chevis / Mary Evans Picture Library

Michael Chevis established his studio in 1977, and began to specialise in photographing polo, having been introduced to the sport while still at school. Since then he has been commissioned by many equestrian and national magazines and is the official Pony Club Polo photographer. His work has naturally involved photographing keen polo players Princes Charles, William and Harry at major polo centres in England, and other British royals including Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret appear frequently in his polo archives from the 1950s onwards. Amongst the gems of the collection is a lovely shot of a young Prince Charles feeding sugar lumps to a pony; polo champion Billy Wallace being presented with a trophy by Princess Margaret, with whom he was once linked; and Prince Philip playing bicycle polo at Windsor in the 1960s. Click here for these and more.

Photographers Robin Dale & Michael Chevis join Mary Evans Picture Library