by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1996
16 in. x 12 in. (405 mm x 305 mm)
Given by Mark Gerson, 1996
Sitterback to top
- Seamus Justin Heaney (1939-2013), Poet and Nobel Prize winner. Sitter in 24 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist associated with 277 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (offices of Faber & Faber, Russell Square, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Literati Photographs by Mark Gerson (2 August 1996 - 13 October 1996)
Events of 1996back to top
Current affairsThe largest ever IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester causing the destruction of many buildings and over 200 injuries. Nobody died in the incident because a warning was given and the area evacuated. After the bombing much of Manchester was rebuild and in 1998 it won a successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalise their divorce after four years of separation.
Art and scienceThe Spice Girls enjoy massive popular success with their first single Wannabe going straight to Number 1. The group are remembered as much for their sassy, outspoken 'girl power' attitude and their continuing subsequent celebrity as for their music.
Danny Boyle tells the story of a group of Edinburgh heroin addicts in his critically acclaimed film version of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting.
InternationalThe First Chechnya War breaks out between Chechnya and Russia when Russian forces invade the country in support of Chechnyan opposition to the government. The invasion went badly with strong Chechnyan resistance and dissent in the Russian command. However, a truce was finally established after Russia seized the capital Grozny. More than 46,000 people died as a result of the conflict.
Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.
William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.
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