Though the son of an Italian, Nahum Sterling Baron (1906 – 1956), known simply as Baron, was the archetypal English ‘gent’ in his customary tweeds and brogues. At the time of his untimely death in 1956, Baron was regarded as one of the rising stars of portraiture in the UK. Everyone who was anyone between 1945 and 1956 sat for him: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Tito, Franco and Dietrich to name but a few.

Baron’s easy-going, affable style together with his love of life marked him out from other photographers and led to personal friendships with a number of his sitters. His star began to rise in the 1930s when he developed a passion and considerable talent for photographing the ballet. He became a regular at the Sadlers Wells company and regularly photographed other companies and ballet legends as they traveled through England. After the war, he focused primarily on celebrity and society portraits.