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Exhibition review: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

The 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize exhibition has been whittled down to 57 contemporary portrait photographs selected from 4,303 entries submitted anonymously by 1,842 photographers from a total of 61 countries. Established in 1993, the competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery presents a diverse collection…

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue fashion magazine is well known for its excellent and often whimsical photography, providing a portal to escape from the everyday and mundane. This display at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the centenary of British Vogue (1916-2016), taking a journey through the best of these photographs, present and past, sourced from Condé Nast archives.

Well there’s certainly lots to see.…

Audrey Hepburn – Portraits of an Icon

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 -1993) is regarded as the epitome of timeless style and elegance, and has captivated audiences worldwide. Her life and career is reviewed in an exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Many of the 70 photographs on display are sourced from family archives.

Audrey Hepburn originally aspired to be a ballet dancer. She began her acting career…

Wellington Triumphs, Politics and Passions

This smallish exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815) near Belgium, when British forces were led by Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington, renowned for being a great soldier. Wellington and his achievements are set in a wider context, considering his earlier postings in India and Europe, and the people who helped him during…