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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tapscott. View Post
    In many photographic magazines of around the 1960`s & 1970`s, there were often glamour/beauty portraits on the front covers taken by a photographer called Michael Barrington-Martin. The brief technical details for the photos would mention the use of an 8x10 inch format camera, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the photographer and which camera and lenses that he used?
    MBM worked for me for many years. You will find me mentioned in many of the photo magazines. Michaels used 10x8 Sinar in the studio and also on location. Other than that he used a 5x4 Lindhoff and of course a 2 14 sg Hasselblad. Always using Agfa as I prefered the bluer tones to0 the yellows of Kodak. Bob Mayston

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    Michael Barrington Martin

    I worked for Michael in 1970 as a studio assistant and darkroom technician. In reply to your request allbeit from about 7 or 8 years ago.
    We used every sort of camera that was available, serious stuff was on 5x4 a de Vere monorail, I think. Contacts were on 35 mm.
    I came upon this site while watching Bruce Forsyth being interviewed by Miranda and it made me think of Michael, mainly because we took pictures of Bruce a few times, mainly, while he was married to Anthea.
    I hope this helps.

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    Oh and his studio was in Warren street possibly no 20.

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    Michael Barrington-Martin

    He worked at Duchess House, 18-19 Warren Street in the 1970's. I was a spotty youth working for Agfa Gevaert on the floor above his studio so our paths crossed quite often. The question of his cameras & lenses seems to have been answered, I just wondered if anyone knew if he was still alive? It's a long time ago but I do remember seeing many 10''x8'' transparencies of very beautiful women he photographed often using Agfa film. CPL (Colour Processing Labs) were our landlords and they had a photo lab on the ground floor processing slide film and large print production. My then colleagues and I were once spraying water from the 3rd floor onto hapless passers-by (as you do) when we noticed Michael leaning out of the window below and yes he got a water bomb on the back of his head. He thought it was Les, his secretary, and to pay him back he put some rotting meat (fish bait) in Les's desk on Friday night. Needless to say by Monday morning the meat was maggot ridden and smelly, a nice welcome for Les, the innocent party. Sorry chaps! Michael's work was seen alot on photo magazine covers, his 10''x8'' sheet film shots often graced '35mm Photography' magazine!

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    I used to work for Michael

    Every now and again I search Michael's name and can't believe I came across this site. I was a messenger for him at Glasshouse Street in 1965/6. He called me AARRD. I remember Peggy, who was the mainstay of the business and when her best friend walked into the studio (he forgot to lock the door) and found him on the floor with a model, that was the beginning of the end as far as I remember. i progressed to the darkroom, developing films and printing. Can you imagine being a young teenager in the 60s working in a fashion and advertising studio in London's West End, around the corner from Carnaby Street; the Beatles recorded Let it Be on a roof not far away. David Nye who has posted, do you remember me? I assisted you when your photographed the Bond Aston Martin and various pubs. Where is David Ling and Roger Donald? I'm afraid I was a bit of a pain to him in many ways. I remember a trendy Stones loving young man who I think was Len and Barry Alsutch who now has a estate agents in Hatfield I think.
    Michael taught me so much about life and living; he nearly drowned me on a trip on his trawler, he lent us his VW Caravanette to go to Carlisle where we had a great time and I learned about drugs and I would say he was the best boss anyone could wish to have. What a man, what a job I had and what an education in life and living.
    Howard.

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    FWIW, the official UK Companies Registry shows Michael Barrington-Martin Ltd. as being registered in 1960, and dissolved in Sept 2000 (with the last business activity around 1996). The Registered Office at the time it was dissolved was at an industrial estate in Bulwell, Nottingham.

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