UPDATE 26 Oct: John Hillelson’s son David has been in touch and is helping the PPHP with this search.


Dear Will,


I wonder if you can help. Iā€™m trying to trace a photograph of John le Carre (real name David Cornwell) in (what looks like) Beirut ā€“ taken we think in the 1980s, and credited to the John Hillelson Agency, Fleet Street, London.


Would you have any ideas about where to look? Any suggestions gratefully received!


Many thanks,




If you know who shot this image and where to obtain a usage license please email [email protected]

Hillelson used to rep Magnum here in the UK until they set up their own office – we have checked with them – nothing.