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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Oscar Rejlander (1813–75), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Lewis Carroll (1832–98) and Clementina Hawarden (1822–65) embody the very best of photography from the Victorian era. . Discover the images that made people think about the photograph as a work of art in this beautiful book.

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Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

This book draws together for the first time the self-­-portraits of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun (1894–1954) and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing (b.1963). Although they lived almost one hundred years apart, their work shares similar themes: gender, identity, masquerade and performance. Beginning with a visit to Jersey, where Cahun lived and worked until her death, and where the Cahun archive is housed, Wearing’s journey of discovery is examined in this beautiful book.

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William Eggleston Portraits

Vivid, poetic, even mysterious, the works of the pioneering American photographer William Eggleston portray life in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee, and the people he encountered, from the 1950s to the present day. This book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, includes both well-known and unseen portraits from Eggleston’s long career, to provide a fresh perspective on one of photography’s most influential practitioners.

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

While principally a fashion magazine, Vogue has never been just that. It has assumed a central and vital role on the cultural stage, with a history that spans the most inventive decades in fashion and taste, and in the arts and society. Published to mark the magazine’s centenary, and accompanying a major exhibition, this book celebrates the twentieth century and beyond with an authoritative and discriminating eye.

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style Highlights

Alongside the main exhibition book, a smaller, paperback publication featuring a selection of highlights from the exhibition will also be available, exclusive to National Portrait Gallery retail outlets.

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style 40 Postcards

This exclusive collection of postcards features forty beautiful photographs from the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition. The stylish pull-drawer box contains images from every decade of the magazine’s history.

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Bailey postcards

Bailey’s Box of Postcards

A collection of 36 postcards of portraits from across David Bailey’s career, including: actors, musicians, dancers, photographers, models, designers, artists and people encountered on his travels.

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Bailey Exposed

A collection of observations and quips by the celebrated British photographer, with contributions from some of his most famous sitters, and a wealth of images, some previously unseen.

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Bailey’s Stardust

As one of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, David Bailey has made an outstanding contribution to the medium, and creating imaginative and thought-provoking portraits has always been central to his work. For this remarkable book Bailey has selected from his archive many previously unseen portraits from across a career that has spanned more than half a century.

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Man Ray Portraits, publication cover

Man Ray Portraits

Man Ray was one of the most inventive photographic artists of the twentieth century. His creativity and appetite for innovation and experimentation are showcased in this remarkable book, which accompanies a major exhibition and brings together more than 150 of Man Ray’s best portraits from his long and varied international career.

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Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

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Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.

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