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David Alan Mellor is a British curator, professor and writer.[1] He has been awarded the Royal Photographic Society's J. Dudley Johnston Award and Education Award.


Life and careerEdit

David Mellor — as he was called before he wanted to avoid confusion with the politician of the same name — studied art at Sussex University under Quentin Bell. During this time Asa Briggs, then Vice-Chancellor of the University, received the archive of Mass-Observation from Tom Harrisson. Mellor has published and curated exhibitions about the substantial collection of pre-war photographs of working-class life contained in this archive.[2]

Exhibitions curated by Mellor include Paradise Lost: The New Romantic Imagination in Britain (Barbican Centre, 1987);[3] The Sixties (1993);[4] and Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group (Brighton Photo Biennial, 2014).[5] As a professor of art at Sussex University, his students included Jeremy Deller.[4]



Publications by MellorEdit

  • Cecil Beaton. London: Jonathan Cape, 1994; ISBN 0-224-04122-3; coedited with Philippe Garner
  • Arthur Tress: Centric 52: Requiem for a Paperweight, Long Beach: California State University, University Art Museum, 1994; ISBN 0-936270-33-0
  • David Hiscock. London: Zelda Cheatle, 1995. ISBN 0-9518371-9-2
  • Sixties London: The Photographs of Robert Whitaker 1965–70 Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1996.
  • The Only Blonde in the World: Pauline Boty, 1938-1966 London: AM Publications, 1998. ISBN 0-9509896-2-2; with Sue Watling.
  • Chemical Traces: Photography and Conceptual Art, 1968–1998, Kingston upon Hull: Kingston upon Hull City Museums & Art Galleries, 1998; ISBN 0-904490-19-X.
  • The Barry Joule Archive: Works on Paper Attributed to Francis Bacon, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2000; ISBN 1-873654-84-7.
  • The Sixties: Britain and France, 1962–1973: The Utopian Years. London: Philip Wilson, 2001; ISBN 0-85667-467-2.
  • Tracing Light. Maidstone: Photoworks, 2001; ISBN 0-9517427-8-7; with Garry Fabian Miller.
  • The Art of Robyn Denny. London: Black Dog, 2002; ISBN 1-901033-33-3.
  • Interpreting Lucian Freud. London: Tate, 2002; ISBN 1-85437-442-7.
  • Van Gogh vu par Bacon. Arles: Actes sud, 2002; ISBN 2-7427-3840-1; Vincent van Gogh as seen by Francis Bacon, edited by Mellor and Yolande Clergue ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  • Liliane Lijn: Works 1959-80 Warwick: Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, 2005; ISBN 0-902683-75-6
  • No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain 1967–1987: From the British Council and the Arts Council Collection. London: Hayward Publishing, 2007; ISBN 978-1-85332-265-5.

Publications with contributions by MellorEdit


  1. ^ Arnot, Chris (1 March 2005). "David Alan Mellor: Image maker". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ Arnot, Chris (1 March 2005). "David Alan Mellor: Image maker". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via
  3. ^ "A Paradise Lost the Neo-Romantic Imagination in Britain 1935-55" Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre. Accessed 26 October 2016
  4. ^ a b Chris Arnot, David Alan Mellor: Image Maker, The Guardian 1 March 2005; accessed 2010-10-22.
  5. ^ "Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group|BPB14", Brighton Photo Biennial. Accessed 2 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Art history professor recognised for contribution to photography, University of Sussex, 4 October 2005; accessed 2010-10-22.
  7. ^ "Education Award" Royal Photographic Society. Accessed 26 October 2016