by Steve Speller
cibachrome print, 8 August 1988
15 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (392 mm x 291 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson (1953-), Labour politician and president of Policy Network. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Steve Speller (1961-), Photographer. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Faces of the Century, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 October 1999 to 30 January 2000), p. 25
- Tinker, Christopher, Speak its Name! - Quotations by and about Gay Men and Women, 2016, p. 280
Events of 1988back to top
Current affairsA Pan Am jumbo jet is brought down by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. The Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary launched Britain's largest criminal investigation before convicting a Libyan intelligence officer of planting the bomb.
Art and scienceProfessor Stephen Hawking publishes his popular book on cosmology, A Brief History Of Time.
Damien Hirst and his fellow Goldsmiths students organise the exhibition Freeze in a disused block in the Docklands. The exhibition launched the careers of many of the young British artists (YBAs) associated with Brit Art including Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Angus Fairhurst, and Anya Gallaccio.
InternationalIraq drops poison gas on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja, killing thousands of civilians. The city was held at the time by Iranian forces and Iraqi Kurdish rebels, although there was initially some debate over which side was responsible for the atrocity. It was the largest-scale chemical attack on civilians in modern times.
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