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Horace Roye (born Horace Roye-Narbeth, 4 March 1906 - 11 June 2002) was one of the 20th century's pioneering photographers. Roye's photo of a nude model wearing a gas mask while pinned to a crucifix caused controversy when published in the North London Recorder in August 1938, but is now recognised as one the major pre-war photographic images of the 20th century. As a noted photographer of nudes, he successfully contested the obscenity laws of his day.

In 2002 at the age of 96, Roye was stabbed to death by an intruder at his home in the kasbahmarker of Rabat, Moroccomarker.

Published works

  • Phyllis in Censorland. The Camera Studies Club.1942.
  • Perfect Womanhood. George Routledge & Sons,London.1941.
  • The English Maid. George Routledge & Sons,London.1939.
  • The Scottish Maid. George Routledge & Sons,London.1940.
  • The Irish Maid. George Routledge & Sons,London.1941.
  • Desirée. Chapman & Hall,London.1942. Later, smaller sized paper backed edition, The Camera Studies Club,London.
  • The Welsh Maid. George Routledge & Sons,London.1942.
  • Phyllis Dixey Album. The Camera Studies Club, Elstree.
  • Rhapsody in Colour. The Camera Studies Club, London.
  • Maids. Elstree Publications.
  • Canadian Beauty. The Camera Studies Club.1952.
  • Glamour on Parade No.1, Posed by George Black's Lovelies. The Camera Studies Club,Elstree.
  • Nude Ego. Hutchinson, London. 1955.
  • Unique Editions, Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Art Publications,London.
  • Unique Verdict - the Story of an Unsuccessful Prosecution
  • Unique Verdict – Art Supplement. Art Publications, London.
  • Curves and Colour (with Walter Bird and John Everard). The Camera Studies Club, London
  • More Eves Without Leaves (with Walter Bird and John Everard). The Camera Studies Club, Elstree. 1941.
  • Eves Without Leaves (with Walter Bird and John Everard). C.Arthur Pearson,London,1940.
  • Eternal Eve (with Walter Bird and John Everard).
  • Arthur Ferrier's Lovelies. Photographs by Roye. Published by Chapman and Hall, London.1941. Later, smaller sized paper backed editions by the Camera Studies Club, London.


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