Oliver Gregory Pike with his wife Anne Chapman
The old Enfield Grammar School building
Oliver Gregory Pike studied at Enfield Grammar School until 1893, where he became friends with a local commercial photographer and ornithologist Reginald Badham Lodge. He accompanied Lodge while he worked, taking his first photograph of a wildflower at the age of 13, in the autumn of 1890.
Oliver Gregory Pike began taking photographs in 1890 and writing nature articles in 1899. A popular lecturer, he visited over 300 towns between 1898 and 1948.
Oliver Pike served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I (1917-1919) and was an officer of the Home Guard during World War II. As a filmmaker he produced more than thirty documentaries on British mammals, birds, pond life, and other nature subjects, completing his first one in 1907.
A Fellow of RPS, Pike was on its council from 1924 to 1948.
Quotes from others about the person
According to Bryony Dixon of BFI Screenonline: "His claim to significance lies, in the groundbreaking techniques, he developed to capture animals in their natural habitats and in the fact that he passed this knowledge on."