The World Most Photographed

Marilyn Monroe, by Bert Stern, 1962 - © Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe
by Bert Stern, 1962
© Bert Stern


In collaboration with the BBC

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Exhibition | Publication

For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery and the BBC present an exhibition and series that have been jointly developed by the two organisations. The World's Most Photographed is an integrated project consisting of an exhibition of around 100 photographs and an accompanying BBC Two series exploring the lives and legends of ten well-known figures from history - Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria.

By unearthing photographs which have previously been lost, suppressed and hidden, together with more familiar images, the exhibition and series explore the nature of celebrity and iconography, going beyond the often carefully constructed public image to reveal much more about their personalities and lives.


Newcastle Regional Art Gallery (Australia),
7 April - 24 June 2007

Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Germany)
4 February - 1 May 2006

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