Dusty Springfield

© Peter Rand

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Dusty Springfield

by Peter Rand
bromide print, 27 June 1968
15 5/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (396 mm x 268 mm) image size
Purchased, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x136006

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  • Peter Rand (1940-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 17 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Rand's shoot with Springfield at Vogue's studios lasted from 11pm to 5.30am. She said of this portrait, 'You've shown the other me', and used the image for her show The Talk of the Town (1968).

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Current affairs

Enoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.

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Beaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.


Civil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.

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Dale Hogan

27 October 2016, 09:37

‘She arrived at Vogue studios at 11pm – seven hours late, effervescent, with a female assistant dressed as a man, who she sent to the Dorchester to fetch burgers. We shot until 5.30am. Most of the photographs show her screaming with laughter but this one is soulful, vulnerable. She almost cried when she saw it and said: “You’ve shown the other me.” The photographs were used for her show at “The Talk of the Town” and she sent me tickets but I forgot to tell her I wasn’t coming. She was so furious she never spoke to me again.’