Barry Lategan was born in South Africa in 1935 and came to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His study was interrupted by a call to National Service in Germany, where he developed an interest in photography. After returning to South Africa he trained with Ginger Odes in Cape Town, who offered him the words, “You’re a lucky man if you can make your hobby your work.” He returned to London in the early 1960s to open a photographic studio.
After living in the US throughout the 80s, Barry Lategan now lives and works in London. His photographs have been exhibited and retained by the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, the Olympus Gallery, the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, and the South African National Gallery.