John Gay was born Hans Gohler in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1909. After attending art college in Paris he became a commercial photographer in his native country, but in 1933 left for a new life in England after being outraged by the treatment of many of his Jewish friends when the Nazis came to power.

In England he continued his photographic career, finding work as a commercial photographer, before serving with the Pioneer Corps from 1939 until the end of the Second World War.

Following his marriage to Marie Arnheim in 1942, the couple settled in ...

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