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Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

A Century of Photography 1840-1940

The photographs in this room have been chosen to illustrate photography's expressive power. The best photographs show us not just what a person looked like, but also provide a window on their character, giving us a sense of what it might have been like to be in their prescience. This is one of the great paradoxes of photographic portraiture – that something of a person's spirit, thought, and feeling might be glimpsed in one, carefully chosen moment in time.

Room introductionFind out more about the display Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939

See also: The Room 29 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery

See also: The Room 29 showcase at the National Portrait Gallery

28 portraits on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

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