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Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

The photographs in this room have been chosen to illustrate photography's expressive power. The best photographs show us not just what a person looked like, but also provide a window on their character, giving us a sense of what it might have been like to be in their presence. This is one of the great paradoxes of photographic portraiture – that something of a person's spirit, thought, and feeling might be glimpsed in one, carefully chosen moment in time.

Room introductionFind out more about the display Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

See also: The Room 29 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery

9 portraits on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Countess Catherine Karolyi (née Andrassy), by André Kertész - NPG x15068

Countess Catherine Karolyi (née Andrassy)

by André Kertész
bromide print, 1927
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15068

André Kertész, by André Kertész - NPG x15075

André Kertész

by André Kertész
bromide print, 1927
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15075

Malcolm Sargent, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14198

Malcolm Sargent

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1950s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x14198

Colin Henry Wilson, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14233

Colin Henry Wilson

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, July 1956
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x14233

'Untitled', from the series 'Invocation', by Adam Fuss - NPG x200013

'Untitled', from the series 'Invocation'

by Adam Fuss
unique cibachrome photogram, 2013
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x200013

'Tetrarch' (Christopher Bucklow), by Christopher Bucklow - NPG x200113

'Tetrarch' (Christopher Bucklow)

by Christopher Bucklow
cibachrome print from multi-aperture pinhole camera, 26 November 2014
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x200113

'Brothers', by Adam Fuss - NPG x200014

'Brothers'

by Adam Fuss
unique gelatin silver photogram, 2016
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x200014

Arthur Stuart, 7th Earl Castle Stewart, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D502

Arthur Stuart, 7th Earl Castle Stewart

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1974 (1924)
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D502

Sylvia Leonora (née Brett), Lady Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D504

Sylvia Leonora (née Brett), Lady Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1974 (1924)
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D504