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Paolo Roversi

(1947-), Photographer

Artist of 7 portraits
Paolo Roversi is Italian-born but lives and works in Paris. He began his career by assisting the fashion photographer Laurence Sackman and has since worked consistently in fashion, both editorial and advertising. From the early 1980s Roversi has used large-format Polaroid film for most of his photographs, both colour and black-and-white. His use of the Polaroid, and his preference for the studio, has resulted in portraits that are both tender and respectful. Informed by a wide knowledge of the history of photography, they are sometimes closer to work of the nineteenth century than contemporary fashion.

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John Charles Galliano, by Paolo Roversi - NPG P1278

John Charles Galliano

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2005
NPG P1278

Tilda Swinton, by Paolo Roversi - NPG P1280

Tilda Swinton

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2005
NPG P1280

Jude Law, by Paolo Roversi - NPG P1279

Jude Law

by Paolo Roversi
pigment print, 2006
NPG P1279

Steve Cram, by Paolo Roversi - NPG x26000

Steve Cram

by Paolo Roversi
colour print, 1985
NPG x26000

Catherine, Princess of Wales, by Paolo Roversi - NPG x201520

Catherine, Princess of Wales

by Paolo Roversi
Platinum palladium print, 2021
NPG x201520

Catherine, Princess of Wales, by Paolo Roversi - NPG x201521

Catherine, Princess of Wales

by Paolo Roversi
Platinum palladium print, 2021
NPG x201521

Catherine, Princess of Wales, by Paolo Roversi - NPG x201522

Catherine, Princess of Wales

by Paolo Roversi
Inkjet print, 2021
On display in Room 33 on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x201522

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