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Hussein Shariffe

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
9 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (246 mm x 251 mm) overall
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x131180

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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1567 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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  • Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 92 Read entry

    Sudanese-born Shariffe was educated at Victoria College in Alexandria, Egypt. In England he studied modern history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before joining the Slade School of Fine Art. His first solo exhibition of paintings, which included Angel Pregnant with Moon, opened at Gallery One in July 1959, at which time he appeared in the Tatler and was quoted as saying, 'I often try: to paint a bad picture ... but I hardly succeed.' Shariffe's paintings, with their vivid juxtapositions of colour, were shown in a second solo show at Gallery One in North Audley Street in April 1963, shortly before he returned to Sudan. There he worked as a Iecturer at the School of Fine Arts, Khartoum (1964-6) and founded the literary and arts periodical Twenty One in 1965. Wishing to reach wider audience, Shariffe turned to film-making in the 1970s and as Head of the Film Section of the Sudanese Department of CuIture (1973-6) he directed his first film, The Throwing of Fire (1973). In 1976 Shariffe moved back to Britain, completing his second film, Tigers are Better Looking, in 1979. Shariffe lived in Cairo for the last decade of his life, writing his unfinished film script, Letters from Abroad.

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Current affairs

Prince Andrew is born, the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The Contraceptive Pill is introduced in England, dramatically changing the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the 1960s culture of liberation.

Art and science

Penguin books defend D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover against charges of obscenity by demonstrating that the novel was of literary merit. The 'not guilty' verdict was seen as a victory for free speech and marked the beginning if a new era of liberalism.
The satirical revue Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.

International

Harold Macmillan delivers his 'wind of change' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town, announcing Britain's decision to grant independence to many of her colonies. The speech recognised the emergence of African nationalism, and criticised the policy of Apartheid in South Africa.

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