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Paolo Roversi (1947-), Photographer

Artist of 4 portraits
Paolo Roversi is Italian-born but lives and works in Paris. He began his career by assisting the fashion photographer Laurence Sackman and has since worked consistently in fashion, both editorial and advertising. From the early 1980s Roversi has used large-format Polaroid film for most of his photographs, both colour and black-and-white. His use of the Polaroid, and his preference for the studio, has resulted in portraits that are both tender and respectful. Informed by a wide knowledge of the history of photography, they are sometimes closer to work of the nineteenth century than contemporary fashion.

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John Charles Galliano

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2005
NPG P1278


Tilda Swinton

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2005
NPG P1280


Jude Law

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2006
NPG P1279


Steve Cram

by Paolo Roversi
colour print, 1985
NPG x26000