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Photographs of Nick Drake

Introduction

The following is a listing of photographs of Nick Drake, focussing on his time as a musician post 1966. It was initially compiled in 2011, and since then a number of additional images have come to light. Though many of the images are known to fans from lp and cd covers, biographical memoirs, reviews and web sites, they are listed here comprehensively for the first time in chronological order. This is to aid in the ongoing research into the life and times of Nick Drake, as the artist remains something of a mystery. Images of him are relatively, with two superb examples by Tony Evans from 1971 only "discovered" in October 2011, and a gig poster coming to light in late 2016. Questions arise as to precisely when the various images of Drake were taken, by whom, and what were the circumstances? "By whom" is relatively easy to answer - the majority of extant photographs of Nick the "pop star" are by friends such as professional photographer Keith Morris, Julian Lloyd, Tony Evans and Nick's own family, though the latter mainly took photos in the period prior to his maturing as a singer / songwriter. What is not so easy to determine is the precise date and location of the images. Thanks to recent publications such as Trevor Dann's Darker than the Deep Blue Sea (2006) we can answer some of these questions. The proliferation of images of Nick on the web is also of assistance. The largest collection of photos of Nick is by professional photographer Keith Morris, who undertook 3 substantial photo sessions in April 1969, June 1970 and November/December 1971. Internet sites containing large collections of usually un-annotated photos include Photobucket, Flikr, Google Images and last.fm. Information in the table below accompanying each photograph and image includes: date (where known), content and location. A small, low resolution, thumbnail reproduction is included to aid research and Nick Drake fans in perhaps further identifying the images and getting a feel for how the changes in his life were affecting him. The Hampstead Heath photos of 1971 are especially significant in this regard, and rather chilling, though whether this was just an effect by Drake and Morris, or real, is unclear. All images are black and white, unless otherwise stated. The compiler welcomes additonal information and corrections. Michael Organ, Australia, November 2011.

Photograph
Date
Description
circa 1965

Far Leys - Nick playing guitar at Marlborough College with Jeremy Harmer.

Photographer: Unknown.

circa 1966

Far Leys - Nick playing guitar in the lounge room of his home "Far Leys", Tanworth-in-Arden, with his sister Gabrielle Drake at his feet watching him play and his mother seated on the louge in the rear, dressed in red. Colour photograph.

Photographer: Family member -father?

circa 1967

 

Far Leys - Nick playing quitar in the lounge room of his home, Far Leys.

Photographer: Family member

circa 1967

Far Leys - Nick playing quitar in the lounge room of his home, Far Leys.

Photographer: Family member.

1968

Welsh forest #1

Nick in a multicoloured cape looking directly at the camera, with mushrooms in his hand, smiling. Colour photograph. Used on the cover of the Way to Blue cd (1994). Dated at anywhere from 1968 through to 1970, though there is a similarity between these photographs and those taken by Keith Morris on 29 April 1969.. NB: the multicoloured blanket / cape Nick is draped in still survives - hanging in a store in the UK.

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

1968

Welsh forest #2

Nick in a multicoloured cape looking down at his hand, holding mushrooms he had recently picked. Colour photograph.

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

1968

Welsh forest #3

Nick in a multicoloured cape lying in amongst some tall grass, smiling. Colour photograph.

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

1968

Welsh forest #4

Nick in a multicoloured cape standing in amongst trees - distant shot. Colour photograph. Reproduced in monochrome on side of Fruit Tree cd box set (1994).

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

circa 1969

Beach  near Harlech Castle, Wales #1

Distant shot of Nick in a long black coat walking along a Welsh beach, head down, smoking a cigarette. Harlech was close th the home of his friends the Ormsby-Gores. Reproduced on cover of Fruit Tree cd box set (1994).

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

circa 1969

Beach  near Harlech Castle, Wales #2

Close up head shot of Nick walking along a Welsh beach, head down, smoking a cigarette. .

Photographer: Julian Lloyd.

circa 1969

Nick seated in a room, playing an organ / electric piano and puffing on a cigarette.

Photographer: Virginia Weymouth.

29 April 1969

Derelict house, Wimbeldon Common, London #1

Nick inside a room, in a derelict house, looking out the window. Colour photograph. Used on the cover of Five Leaves Left lp (1969). Keith Morris took a large number of photographs of Nick during the three known sessions - only those publically released are included in this listing. Nick is smiling in this shot.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Derelict house, Wimbeldon Common, London #2

Nick inside the house (same room as in cover of Five Leaves Left) looking out the window. Smiling.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Derelict house, Wimbeldon Common, London #3

Nick inside a house (same room as in cover of Five Leaves Left) looking out window.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Derelict house, Wimbeldon Common, London #4

Nick inside a house (same room as in cover of Five Leaves Left) looking out window. Nick with a "blue-steel" type stern look, towards the camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #1

Close up head shot of Nick with long grass in the background.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #2

Full length shot of Nick with jacket on amidst the long grass and looking towards the camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #3

Close shot from front amidst long grass, with Nick looking stern. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #4

Close shot from front amidst long grass, with Nick chewing on a piece of straw.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #5

Full shot front front, with Nick looking sad. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #6

Side, full length shot, with Nick laughing. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Long grass, Wimbeldon Common, London #7

With jacket removed to reveal pale yellow / white shirt. Assumed to be part of Wimbeldon Common session. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Gunther Grove, Chelsea #1

Nick inside a dark room, seated at the end of long wooden table, head up, his hands together on the table, looking serious. An empty coffee mug in the right foreground. Black background.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Chelsea #2

Nick inside a dark room, seated at the end of long wooden table, head up, one hand on the table, the other on his chin. Black background.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Chelsea #3

Nick inside a dark room, standing, looking down towards the floor, smiling / laughing. Black background.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Chelsea #4

Nick headshot, looking pensive. Black background on the left side.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Chelsea #5

Nick headshot, looking downwards and sad. Black background on the left side.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio, Chelsea #6

Nick headshot, looking towards camera with stern face. London.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Gunter Hall Studio , Chelsea #7

Nick looking to the right, in shadow.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Morgan Crucible Factory, Battersea, London

Nick standing against the brick wall looking at passers by. Nick looking at man sprinting. One of a large series of photographs taken on the day, with contact sheets having appeared in public revealing the large number of shots taken.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Morgan Crucible Factory, Battersea, London

Photographer: Keith Morris.

29 April 1969

Morgan Crucible Factory, Battersea, London

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, 112 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London #1

Nick looking towards camera, smiling.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #2

Nick sitting amongst the bush beneath a tree, playing guitar and looking up at the washing on the line with a big smile on his face. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #3

Long shot of Nick sitting under a tree behind his flat, playing the guitar.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #4

Distant view of Nick through the window of his flat, sitting and looking out.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #3.

Nick in amongst the bush and looking down towards the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #4.

Nick stanind in downstairs pathway, holding his guitar and looking up towards camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #5.

Close up head shot of Nick, with bush behind.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #6.

Close up head shot of Nick, looking towards camera with smile.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #7.

Close up head shot Nick, looking towards the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Rear of flat, Belsize Park, London #8.

Nick standing over one of Keith Morris's cameras, lining up a shot.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #1

Sitting on the ground, by a tree, with his guitar and a book. Looking straight at the camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #2 - #4

Animated gif of 3 pictures - Nick on ground reading a book; Nick playing his guitar and smiling; Nick walking away and looking back at the camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #5

Nick seated by the tree and looking to the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #6

Nick seated by the tree and playing his guitar. Note his large hand and fingers on the relatively small guitar.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #7

Nick with back to camera and guitar and book on the ground.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

Park, Regents Canal, London #8

Walking away with guitar and book in hand. Precursor to the famous Hampstead Heath photo of Nick from November 1971, walking away with a dog looking up at him.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #1

Nick standing on the side of a hill looking down on the ground and to the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #2

Nick standing on the side of a hill looking down on the ground and to the right.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #3

Close up head shot looking left towards camera with terrace houses in the background.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #4

Close up head shot of Nick looking right towards the camera.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #5

Nick standing tall and looking out to the left. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #6

Nick sitting on grass. Colour.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

June 1970

New Cross, South London, overlooking the Thames #7

Close up of Nick sitting on grass.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

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June 1970

A40 Westway, Paddington

Nick standing on edge of the motorway, looking away from the camera. Colour photograph. Reproduced on rear of the Bryter Later LP (1970).

Photographer: Keith Morris.

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July 1970

Studio shot

Nick seated on a stool, with shoes in front. Cover of Bryter Later LP. Colour. Nick is sitting on a chair formerly owned by writer Charles Dickens.

Photographer: Nigel Waymouth.

circa 1970

Live

Nick playing live, seated on a stool. Unknown location or date - perhaps during one of his many gigs at Cousins, London. Image copied from an unknown publication.

Photographer: Unknown.

19 February 1971

Nick with Yamaha guitar #1

Seated, front shot. Nick is wearing a cardigan and is unshaven. First published in Mojo, October 2011.

Photographer: Tony Evans.

19 February 1971

Nick with Yamaha guitar #2

Front shot, full body, with head down and smiling.

Photographer: Tony Evans.

19 February 1971

Nick with Yamaha guitar #3

Long shot, frontal, with Nick holding the guitar in front of him. Coloured image.

Photographer: Tony Evans.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #1

Nick looking directly at the camera - expressionless. Wearing a polar neck jumper, long jacket, hair unkempt. This series of shots were the last known to have been taken of him.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #2

Nick looking directly at the camera - expressionless. Wearing a polar neck jumper, long jacket, hair unkempt.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #3

Nick looking directly at the camera - slight smile. Wearing a polar neck jumper, long jacket, hair unkempt. Variant of #1.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #4

Nick far shot, walking in park, looking towards camera with a somewhat concerned, blank look on his face.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #5

Nick seated on a park bench, his hands in his pockets, sitting on a cloth he had placed on the seat and looking aimlessly ahead. Side view.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #6

Close up head shot of Nick, looking to camera, hair over eyes.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #7

Nick seated on a park bench, his hands in his lap, looking aimlessly ahead.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #8

Nick sitting on bench. Side view with Nick on the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #9

Nick looking out across a lake. Side view with Nick looking towards the right.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #10

Side view of Nick looking towards the left.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #11

Nick looking towards the right.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #12

Distant view of Nick looking towards the camera with lake behind him. Standing by guard rails.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #13

Famous "black-eyed dog" shot of Nick walking down path towards lake, with back to camera and hand in left pocket as dog approaches.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

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November / December 1971

Hampsted Heath #14

Published in Time Out magazine, London, 3 March 1972 in association with the release of the LP Pink Moon.

Photographer: Keith Morris.

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