The thrilling thing about sharing research in the form of an exhibition is the feedback this generates. Unsurprisingly Yevonde’s gregarious nature and long career as a successful studio photographer impacted the lives of a great many people. Since Yevonde: Life and Colour opened in June 2023 several people have shared fascinating stories and photographs of relatives who worked with Yevonde.
Making a daguerreotype: James Tylor’s self-portrait
For the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery, we’re pleased to have commissioned Kaurna artist James Tylor to make a self-portrait daguerreotype. Used widely during the 1840s and 50s, daguerreotypes were the first commercially available portrait photographs. James worked with Australian art historian Dr Elisa deCourcy on this daguerreotype and, in this blog, she shares more about the making process and the history of daguerreotypes.
Yevonde: A beginner’s guide
Our reopening exhibition Yevonde: Life and Colour will explore the life and career of Yevonde – a pioneering London photographer who spearheaded the use of colour photography in the 1930s. But who was she? And why is she so important? Join exhibition curator Clare Freestone as she offers a beginner’s guide to this brilliant innovator.