Paul Joyce: Photographs of Elders

16 December 1977 to 5 February 1978

Press Extract

The British Journal of Photography, ‘Viewed: Paul Joyce at The National Portrait Gallery’ by Walter Nurnberg, 20 January 1978

The exhibition ‘Elders’ by Paul Joyce at the National Portrait Gallery, on view until 5 February, is a powerful show which encourages thoughtfulness and poses questions which should not be ignored.

The work of Paul Joyce is without technical gimmicks or intellectual tricks and it is thus a happy, and nowadays rare experience to find a photographer who appears to go about his work earnestly to surprise us by an often unexpected and not infrequently deep insight into the personalities before his lens. He succeeds in this all the more because his work has no dogmatic undertones and avoids flaunting the photographer’s preoccupation with his own nature or the self-conscious importance of his own ideas or attitudes. Joyce thus leaves the onlooker free to concentrate entirely on the serious business of coming to know, and even to understand, people whom the beholder has probably never met before face to face. Surely this, and this alone, is what true and great portraiture is all about.

Handlist

1. Robert Graves, writer
Battersea Park, September 1976
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2. Sir John Plumb, historian
Cambridge, October 1975
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3. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, art historian
Hampstead, September 1975
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4. Frederick Gandolfi, camera maker
Peckham Rye, March 1976
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5. Cecil King, newspaper director
Dublin, June 1977
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6. Henry Moore, sculptor
Much Hadham, October 1975
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7. Sir Ralph Richardson, actor
London, January 1976
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8. Dennis Wheatley, novelist
London, August 1975
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9. Spike Milligan, actor and author
London, April 1977
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10. John Bratby, painter
Greenwich, July 1975
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11. Ken Russell, film director
Grasmere, November 1977
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12. Lord Butler, Master of Trinity College,
Cambridge, May 1977
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13. William Golding, author
Bowerchalke, May 1977
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14. Bill Brandt, photographer
London, November 1976
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15. Lord George-Brown, politician
Jevington, February 1976
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16. Micheál MacLiammóir, actor
Dublin, June 1977
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17. Sir Ernst Gombrich, art historian
London, July 1975
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18. Sir Carol Reed, film director
London, April 1975
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19. Christopher Isherwood, author
London, April 1977
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20. Angus Wilson, author
Bradford St George, May 1977
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21. Louis Kentner, concert pianist
London, May 1977
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22. F.R. Leavis, literary critic
Cambridge, October 1975
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23. Jean Rhys, writer
Cheriton Fitzpaine, July 1977
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24. Alexander Thom
, engineering scientist
Dunlop, November 1977
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25. Sir Alfred Ayer, philosopher
London, June 1975
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26. Lord Snow, writer
London, June 1977
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27. Stephen Spender, poet and critic
London, October 1977
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28. Lord Boothby, politician
London, June 1977
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29. John Piper, painter
Fawley, August 1975
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30. Max Wall, actor
Manchester, May 1977
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31. Graham Sutherland, painter
Trottiscliffe, August 1977
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32. Henry Moore
Much Hadham, October 1975
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33. Bernard Leach, potter
St Ives, November 1976
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34. James Cameron, journalist
London, June 1975
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35. Jean Rhys
Cheriton Fitzpaine, July 1977
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36. Ken Russell
Grasmere, November 1977
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37. Lord Snow
London, June 1977
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38. Stephen Spender
London, October 1977
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39. Graham Sutherland
Trottiscliffe, August 1977
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40. Alexander Thom
Dunlop, November 1977
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41. Max Wall as Davies in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker
Greenwich, November 1977
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42. Emlyn Williams, actor
London, August 1977
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43. Paul Vincze, medallist
London, August 1975

44. Ansel Adams, photographer
London, July 1976

45. Brassai, photographer
London, July 1976

46. Bill Brandt, Brassai and Ansel Adams
London, July 1976

47-8. Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards, founders of the Gate Theatre
Dublin, June 1977
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49. Sir Huw Wheldon, broadcaster
Richmond, May 1977
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50. Christopher Isherwood
London, April 1977

51. Bernard Leach
St Ives, November 1976

52. Henry Moore
Much Hadham, October 1975
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53. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner
Hampstead, September 1975
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54. Lord Butler
Cambridge, May 1977

55. John Piper
Fawley, August 1975
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56. Max Wall
Manchester, May 1977

57. Bill Brandt
London, November 1976

58. F.J. Joyce, the photographer’s father
Ovingdean, February 1975

59. Sir John Plumb
Cambridge, October 1975
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60. Lord Butler
Cambridge, May 1977

61. Sir Carol Reed
London, April 1975
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Designed by Caroline Brown
Organised by Colin Ford