Yevonde (Madame Yevonde) (Yevonde Middleton (née Cumbers))
Sitter in 15 portraits
Artist associated with 886 portraits
Yevonde, also known as Madame Yevonde, was a London-based photographer of portraits and still life throughout much of the twentieth century. She was a pioneer in photographic techniques, experimenting with solarisation and associated particularly with the Vivex colour process, which she utilised to great effect in the 1930s. ‘If we are going to have colour photographs, for heaven’s sake let’s have a riot of colour, none of your wishy washy hand tinted effects’ said Yevonde in 1932 in an address to the Royal Photographic Society.
As an innovator committed to colour photography when it was not considered a serious medium, Yevonde’s work is significant in the history of British portrait photography. Her most renowned body of work is a series of women dressed as goddesses posed in surreal tableaux exhibited in 1935.
For research and Yevonde Collection enquiries email: [email protected] or [email protected]
For access to Yevonde’s daybooks and archive materials email: [email protected]
To license and use images of Yevonde’s colour work please visit NPG Images or email [email protected]
To license and use images of Yevonde’s black and white work please visit Mary Evans Picture Library or email [email protected]
Other repositories include the Royal Photographic Society Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Council Visual Arts Collection.
Yevonde: Life and Colour exhibition webpage
Curator's introduction to the Yevonde: Life and Colour exhibition
The Yevonde colour archive
'Assisting Yevonde' blog post
by Unknown photographer
quarter-plate glass negative, 1940