Room 29 at the National Portrait GalleryA 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.
See also: Room 29: wallcase
27 portraits on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery