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Leigh Bowery

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Leigh Bowery

by Bruce Bernard
chromogenic print, 1992
19 5/8 in. x 13 in. (498 mm x 330 mm) image size
Given by Mark Haworth-Booth, 2009
Photographs Collection
NPG x133164

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  • Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), Performance artist. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Bruce Bernard (1928-2000), Journalist, writer on photography and photographer. Artist or producer of 6 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This photograph captures Bowery during a sitting for one of Lucian Freud's celebrated series of naked portraits.

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Current affairs

The Church of England votes narrowly in favour of the ordination of women priests. The first women priests were ordained in 1994, inspiring the popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.
John Major is forced to take the pound off the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after Black Wednesday, when currency dealers continued selling sterling despite a dramatic increase in interest rates. The event damaged the Conservative party's reputation irreparably.

Art and science

The long-running sitcom Absolutely Fabulous airs for the first time on the BBC starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as style-obsessed, middle-aged media luvvies Eddy and Patsy. June Whitfield played Eddy's mother, and Julia Sawalha her long-suffering daughter Saffy (or, 'sweetie darling').

International

Members of the European Community sign the Maastricht Treaty leading to the creation of the European Union. The treaty led to the creation of the 'Euro' currency and its policy was based on a 'three pillars structure' concerned with: 1. Community. 2 . Foreign and Security Policy. 3. Criminal Matters.
At a referendum, Bosnia and Herzegovina vote to become a separate state from Yugoslavia. Civil war soon broke out.

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