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Sir David Attenborough

(1926-), Naturalist and broadcaster

Sitter in 8 portraits
Attenborough's distinguished broadcasting career, which spans over fifty years, began in 1952 when he joined the BBC Television Talks department. He launched his first Natural History programme Zoo Quest in 1954, and in 1957 formed the BBC's Travel and Exploration unit. In 1965, as Controller of the BBC, Attenborough was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain. He is celebrated for writing and presenting the 'Life' series comprising Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984) and The Trials of Life (1990). Attenborough's numerous specialised surveys include Life in the Freezer (1993) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).

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Sir David Attenborough, by Richard Boll - NPG P1296

Sir David Attenborough

by Richard Boll
digital black and white fibre print, 7 February 2007
NPG P1296

Sir David Attenborough, by Unknown photographer - NPG x341

Sir David Attenborough

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x341

Sir David Attenborough; Queen Elizabeth II, by Joan Williams - NPG x200326

Sir David Attenborough; Queen Elizabeth II

by Joan Williams
chromogenic print, 1986
NPG x200326

Sir David Attenborough, by Julian Anderson - NPG x87804

Sir David Attenborough

by Julian Anderson
bromide fibre print, 1995
On display in Room 28 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x87804

Sir David Attenborough, by Sam Barker - NPG x199654

Sir David Attenborough

by Sam Barker
inkjet print, 2015
NPG x199654


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