Past display archive
by Bob Collins
Ten photographs of practising artists, taken in their studios in 1971 and 1972 provide a fascinating insight into their working methods as well as a snapshot of the art scene at that time. The images were originally intended as source material for Collins' photographic montages. This set of documentary portraits, not previously exhibited, were given to the National Portrait Gallery together with the original negatives in 2002.
David Hockney is photographed in his Notting Hill studio where he painted several celebrated double portraits, including Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-1, on show in the exhibition David Hockney Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery until 21 January 2007 (insert link to exhibition page)). Patrick Procktor, Hockney's contemporary, was also captured by Bob Collins, as well as more established painters including Feliks Topolski, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and John Bratby at work on one of his many self-portraits.