Bruce McLean

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Bruce McLean

by Alastair Thain
four bromide prints, 1984
19 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (502 mm x 400 mm) each
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG P855

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  • Alastair Thain (1961-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 23 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Thain's brilliant and subversive 1980s portraits published in his first monograph Skin Deep (1991). First exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1985; one of twenty prints in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

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Current affairs

The Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'

Art and science

Dr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.

International

Ethiopia suffers severe drought and famine. The Ethiopian government responded by uprooting large numbers of peasants in the worst affected areas and by setting up new villages for the displaced people. However, the planned villages were frequently poorly equipped and many people chose to flee rather than acquiesce with government plans leading to further decline in food production and bringing the total death toll to over 1 million.

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