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Lord Snowdon

(1930-2017), Photographer, film-maker and designer; former husband of Princess Margaret

Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon

Sitter in 21 portraits
Artist of 285 portraits
Photographer and designer. Armstrong Jones first began to take photographs while studying at Cambridge, encouraged by his uncle, the stage designer and artist Oliver Messel. After working as an apprentice to society photographer Baron (1906-56), he opened his first studio in 1952. He established his reputation by photographing theatre, fashion and society subjects, and became an official Royal photographer. In 1960 he married HRH the Princess Margaret, and was subsequently ennobled, taking the title Earl of Snowdon. He was photographer for The Sunday Times (1962-90), Vogue (from 1964) and the Telegraph Magazine (since 1990). He established the Snowdon Award Scheme (now Snowdon Trust) for disability projects in 1981.

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Sarah Cornelia (née Spencer-Churchill), Lady Ashburton

by Lord Snowdon
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 4 April 1956
NPG x193410

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Victoria Ann Elizabeth Gwynne (née de Rutzen), Lady Dashwood; Francis John Vernon Hereward Dashwood, 11th Bt

by Lord Snowdon
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 6 March 1957
NPG x193414

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Helen Mirren

by Lord Snowdon
C-type colour print, 1995
NPG x134040

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The Newspaper Editors

by Lord Snowdon
C-type colour print, 4 December 2007
NPG x134038

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Toby Madrigal

22 November 2016, 21:11

I've read interesting things about this chaps approach to portraiture in his studio: for example, he likes tension, discourages chatting and keeps a rack of plain blue shirts for male sitters to wear if he disapproves of their clothes. Cameras: for formal portraiture in the studio - Hasselblad 500CM. For location and photojournalism - Leica M series. Also champions the rights of disabled people.

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