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Madame Sze
by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
circa 1916
NPG Ax39100

Albumen print Ambrotype Autochrome Bromesco Bromide print C-type colour print Cabinet print Calotype Carbon print Carte-de-visite Chlorobromide print Cibachrome print Collotype Contact Print Cyanotype Daguerreotype Digital imaging Diptych Dye-transfer print Embellishment Glass magic lantern/ slide Glass positive Hand-coloured Hologram Kodalith LCD screen Monochrome Negative Photo collage Photogalvanograph Photogravure Photomontage Platinotype Platinum print, Palladium print Polaroid Salt paper process Silver print or gelatin silver print Solarized print process Stereograph Vintage Print


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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