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Clay Perry

In the midst of 1960s London, Clay Perry was the photographer for the avant-garde art scene, documenting the most innovative international artists of the period, including Yoko Ono, David Medalla, Liliane Lijn, Robert Rauschenberg, Sérgio Camargo, Gustav Metzger, Jesús Rafael Soto, Takis and Mark Boyle. Perry became house photographer for the legendary SIGNALS Gallery, producing images for its iconic SIGNALS Newsbulletin that provided a forum for artists, writers and poets involved in experimental art.

The exhibition Constellation (2009) at England & Co brought together Clay Perry's photographs of the 1960s with works from the period. The images on these pages include works from that exhibition, among them Perry's previously unpublished photographs of Yoko Ono's 1967 show, Half-a-Wind.

Clay Perry's photographs of Latin American artists and exhibitions at Signals Gallery have been exhibited with England & Co the Pinta Latin American Art Fairs in London and New York, and were the central focus of the England & Co exhibition SIGNALS: London (1964-1966) in 2014.

His photographs from SIGNALS were recently featured in two recent London exhibitions devoted to Signals gallery in 2018: one at Sotheby's S/2 Gallery and the other, a presentation by kurimanzutto at the Thomas Dane Gallery.

Clay Perry studied photography at Guilford School of Art, and began his involvement with SIGNALS in the summer of 1964. He went on to take photographs for Indica Gallery who exhibited Takis in 1966, and to photograph Yoko Ono at her Lisson Gallery exhibition in 1967. Perry later became an established editorial photographer, working extensively for the Sunday Times Magazine, producing books with Thames & Hudson. His work is represented in the National Portrait Gallery, London, and his photographs from the 1960s have been exhibited in London and São Paulo and reproduced in numerous international publications.

For requests to acquire or to publish images from Clay Perry's 1960s archive, please contact England & Co.





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Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (with glass hammer) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (with glass sphere) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono (Half-a-Room installation) 1967

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(At her Half-a-Wind exhibition at Lisson Gallery.)

Yoko Ono - Details


Yoko Ono with installation J.L.  1967

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David Medalla - Details


David Medalla 1964

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(With his Cloud Canyons 'bubble mobile'.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Cloud Canyons - Details


Cloud Canyons by David Medalla c 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

David Medalla with Gustav Metzger - Details


David Medalla with Gustav Metzger 1964

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(With Medalla's Cloud Canyons 'bubble mobile'.)

David Medalla - Details


David Medalla c 1964

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(With iron sculptures by Takis.)

David Medalla - Details


David Medalla 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, London SW7.)

Mailing Signals Newsbulletin - Details


Mailing Signals Newsbulletin 1964

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(At Cornwall Gardens, from left: Paul Keeler, Sergio de Camargo, Guy Brett, Christopher Walker, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger)
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Signals - Details


Signals 39 Wigmore Street, London W1 c 1966

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Paul Keeler and David Medalla - Details


Paul Keeler and David Medalla 1965

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(Installing Lygia Clark's sculptures at Signals.)

Lygia Clark sculpture at Signals - Details


Lygia Clark sculpture at Signals 1965

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Lygia Clark sculpture - Details


Lygia Clark sculpture Room installation at Signals, Wigmore Street 1965

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Paul Keeler and David Medalla - Details


Paul Keeler and David Medalla 1965

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(With sculpture by Lygia Clark at Signals Gallery.)

 Sérgio de Camargo and Gustav Metzger - Details


Sérgio de Camargo and Gustav Metzger 1964

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(Sculptures by Camargo.)

Sérgio de Camargo - Details


Sérgio de Camargo 1964

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Dom Sylvester Houédard  - Details


Dom Sylvester Houédard 1964

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(At the Magnetic Exhibition by Takis at Signals.

Takis - Details


Takis in London 1966

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Takis - Details


Takis in London 1966

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Liliane Lijn and David Medalla - Details


Liliane Lijn and David Medalla with Liquid Reflections c 1966

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Liliane Lijn - Details


Liliane Lijn with Liquid Reflections c 1966

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Liliane Lijn - Details


Liliane Lijn with Liquid Reflections c 1966

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Liliane Lijn - Details


Liliane Lijn with Liquid Reflections

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Von Graevenitz exhibition - Details


Von Graevenitz exhibition c 1966

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(At Signals, Wigmore Street.)

Von Graevenitz exhibition - Details


Von Graevenitz exhibition c 1966

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(At Signals, Wigmore Street.)

Mark Boyle - Details


Mark Boyle

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Projection by Mark Boyle - Details


Projection by Mark Boyle

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Robert Rauschenberg - Details


Robert Rauschenberg in London c 1964

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Robert Rauschenberg - Details


Robert Rauschenberg in London c 1964

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Robert Rauschenberg - Details


Robert Rauschenberg in London c 1964

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Mira Schendel - Details


Mira Schendel 1966

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(At Signals, Wigmore Street.)

Mira Schendel - Details


Mira Schendel 1966

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(At Signals, Wigmore Street.)

Tjebbe van Tijen - Details


Tjebbe van Tijen (drawing on Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill) 1966

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(Part of Continuous Drawing project by Tjebbe van Tijen, Amsterdam-London 1966-67)
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Tjebbe van Tijen - Details


Tjebbe van Tijen (drawing on Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill) 1966

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Maggie Perry - Details


Maggie Perry (with Continuous Drawing by Tjebbe Tijen) 1966

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Private view, Signals - Details


Private view, Signals c 1965

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(Far right, Mrs Otero, Alejandro Otero.)

At Signals, Cornwall Gardens - Details


At Signals, Cornwall Gardens 1964

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(Sculpture by Carmargo, left.)

At Signals, Cornwall Gardens - Details


At Signals, Cornwall Gardens c 1964

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At Signals, Cornwall Gardens - Details


At Signals, Cornwall Gardens 1964

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(Gustav Metzger, far right, talking to Mark Boyle. Medella's Cloud Canyons are visible through the window in the background.)
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Mathias Goeritz and David Medalla - Details


Mathias Goeritz and David Medalla 1965

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(At Lygia Clark's exhibition at Signals Gallery.)

Lucian Freud and Lady Epstein - Details


Lucian Freud and Lady Epstein

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The Freud Sisters - Details


The Freud Sisters c 1966

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Steve Willats - Details


Steve Willats 1965

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(At Lygia Clark's private view, Signals Gallery.)

Peter Blake - Details


Peter Blake at Signals c 1964

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Camargo (studio view) - Details


Camargo (studio view)

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