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Pennie Smith

Artist of 11 portraits
Born in London, Smith went to Twickenham Art school in the late 1960s to study graphics and fine art. She worked on Friendz magazine with Barney Bubbles and Nick Kent, her first major commission being to cover an early 1970s tour of Led Zeppelin. Smith worked on NME as staff photographer until the early 1980s, becoming something of an icon herself. and influencing a younger generation of photographers. In 1980 she published a best selling book The Clash, Before and After. She lives and works in the railway station she bought and converted whilst a student, and freelances in black and white reportage.

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Julie Burchill; Tony Parsons

by Pennie Smith
bromide print, 1977
NPG x88412

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Siouxie Sioux

by Pennie Smith
bromide print, late 1970s
NPG x125301

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Julie Burchill; Tony Parsons

by Pennie Smith
bromide print, 1978
NPG x87824

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Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot)

by Pennie Smith
bromide print, 1978
NPG x125302

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Debbie Harry

by Pennie Smith
bromide fibre print, 1979
NPG x125338

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The Slits' (Ari-Up; Tessa Pollitt; Viv Albertine)

by Pennie Smith
bromide fibre print, 1979
NPG x125339

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Joe Strummer

by Pennie Smith
bromide fibre print, December 1980
NPG x127357

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Pet Shop Boys (Chris Lowe; Neil Tennant)

by Pennie Smith
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x128713

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