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100 Photographs

100 Pioneering Women


Publication Date: 1 March 2018
Price: £7.95
ISBN: 978 1 85514 741 6
Format: 150 x 150mm
Illustrations: 100
Extent: 176pp
Binding: Paperback
Category: Photography/Art/Gift
Word Count: c.11,000 words

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This richly illustrated gift book presents 100 photographic highlights from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. Focusing on a diverse range of photographers, it chronicles the journey of photography, through images by Julia Margaret Cameron and Camille Silvy to David LaChapelle and Wolfgang Tillmans.


The National Portrait Gallery is home to more than a quarter of a million photographs that provide a fascinating commentary on British history and culture and on the development of photographic practice from its beginnings in the 1840s to the present day. With an introduction by the Gallery’s Head of Photographs, this book reveals the stories and techniques behind some of the most popular images in the Gallery’s Collection.

100 Photographs presents a selection of images of significant individuals who have shaped the last 180 years of British life, from Charles Darwin to David Attenborough, from Virginia Woolf to Kate Moss, captured by photographers as diverse as Oscar Rejlander, Julia Margaret Cameron and Mario Testino. Each image is accompanied by an extended caption with key information on the sitter and the artist.

Photographers include:

Miles Aldridge, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Bassano, Cecil Beaton, Walter Benington, Guy Bourdin, Julian Broad, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Patrick Demarchelier, Harry Diamond, William Eggleston, E.O. Hoppé, Nadav Kander, Ida Kar, Yousuf Karsh, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Patrick Lichfield, Sandra Lousada, Angus McBean, Linda McCartney, Mary McCartney, Lee Miller, Lewis Morley, Cavendish Morton, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn, Man Ray, Oscar Rejlander, Camille Silvy, Lord Snowdon, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Wolfgang Tillmans, Dorothy Wilding, Madame Yevonde

Sitters include:

Adele, David Attenborough, W.H. Auden, Francis Bacon, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Michael Caine, Naomi Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Darwin, T.S. Eliot, Mo Farah, Lucian Freud, P.J. Harvey, Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Hitchcock, David Hockney, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, James Joyce, Hanif Kureishi, D.H. Lawrence, Vivien Leigh, Tilly Losch, Alexander McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Morrissey, Kate Moss, J.K. Rowling, Dylan Thomas, Alan Turing, Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar Wilde, Amy Winehouse, Anna May Wong, Virginia Woolf


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