Stuart McPhail Hall

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Stuart McPhail Hall

by Dawoud Bey
colour polaroid print, 9 May 1998
30 in. x 22 in. (762 mm x 559 mm) each
Commissioned, 1998
Primary Collection
NPG P730

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  • Stuart McPhail Hall (1932-2014), Sociologist, cultural theorist, academic and political activist; Chair of Iniva and Autograph ABP. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • Dawoud Bey (1953-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 1 portrait.

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Stuart Hall was photographed at the National Portrait Gallery by Dawoud Bey during a short residency by the photographer. The diptych consists of unique Polacolor photographs created with a 20”x 24” Polaroid camera, one of only five ever made.

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  • 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 122 Read entry

    Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Stuart McPhail Hall (1932-2014) was a cultural theorist, campaigner for racial justice, scholar and founding editor of the New Left Review. He won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, arriving in 1951. He became Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University in 1972 and Professor of Sociology at the Open University in 1979. He was Chair of Autograph ABP (a charity that works internationally in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights) and Iniva (the International Institute of Visual Arts). In 1998, the National Portrait Gallery, in partnership with Autograph ABP, commissioned the American photographer Dawoud Bey (b.1953) to create a portrait of Hall for its Collection. The diptych consists of unique photographs created with a 20 x 24-inch Polaroid camera, one of only five ever made.

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 273

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