Len Penton

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Len Penton (back, right) stands chatting in the background of this photo taken at the 1978 NL Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, St John's, Newfoundland. The foreground features, from left to right: Anthony Power, Virginia Ryan (née Preston), Lucy Nash (née Connors), and Mary Power (photo courtesy of Aidan O’Hara; used with permission)..

Len Penton learned to use a 35mm camera and dark room developing techniques at St Paul's Central Highschool in Gander, Newfoundland. His teachers, including the late Mike Jones, often were ex-Irish Christian Brothers and Jesuits. He continued his photography studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the CameraMUN programme. While a student, he took pictures and wrote for the university's student newspaper, The Muse. After graduating, Len Penton joined the staff at Newfoundland's largest daily newspaper, becoming The Telegram's first photo journalist.

Len's photographs of the 1977 and '78 Newfoundland Folk Festivals in Bannerman Park provide important details of these early events in the Newfoundland folk revival, documenting the performers and audiences that were in attendance.