A collection of 40-year photographs from the archive of Snowdon’s work is being showcased in the National Portrait Gallery in London. With Snowdon’s new monograph by Rizzoli, being published concurrently, Snowdon: A Life in View highlights his studio collection from his great career.
The includes renowned photographs such as actor Terence Stamp dramatically covering himself in a cape (1978) and Dame Maggie Smith posing with a script and a cigarette on his hand while rehearsing Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for Ingmar Bergman (1970). With 30 black-and-white photographs selected, this particular display was consulted and curated with Snowdon’s daughter, Frances von Hofmannsthal.
When started in the early 1950s, his interest in fashion, theatre and society subjects builds towards a 6-decade career with British Vogue. After marrying the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret in 1960, the photographer worked with The Sunday Times Magazine on documentary subjects, indicating him to photograph cultural figures from Dame Maggie Smith to Julie Christie, Dame Agatha Christie to Sir Anthony Dowell, from George Melly to Henry Moore, as well as portraits of the The Royal Family in the 1950s.
Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, says, ‘These are wonderful portrait images of some most creative and engaging contributors to Britain in the second half of the 20th century.’
Snowdon: A Life in View
26 September 2014 – 21 June 2015
National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE
Room 37 and 37a, Ground Floor Lerner Contemporary Galleries
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 9 pm