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© Charles Moriarty

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Amy Winehouse

by Charles Moriarty
C-type colour print, July 2003
16 in. x 23 7/8 in. (406 mm x 608 mm) image size
Given by Charles Moriarty
Photographs Collection
NPG x199205

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  • 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 133 Read entry

    Amy Winehouse (1983–2011) trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, London, and sang as a vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. She made three internationally acclaimed albums and won five Grammys, three Ivor Novello Awards and a Brit Award for Best Female Artist. In this portrait, Charles Moriarty (b.1981) captures his friend applying lipstick in a New York hotel shortly before the release of her first album, Frank (2003). The intimate, relaxed and youthful image provides a striking contrast to later tabloid imagery of the troubled singer. Winehouse’s battle with addiction was widely covered in the media and she died at the age of twenty-seven.

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Biological weapons expert, David Kelly commits suicide after being questioned by the government over allegations that the Iraq weapons dossier had been 'sexed-up' by the government. The Hutton Inquiry into Kelly's death concluded that he had taken his own life and that the BBC's claim was unfounded, leading to the Director General's resignation. No stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

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England wins the Rugby World Cup in the final against Australia. The match was exceptionally close with Australia equalising with just two and a half minutes of extra time remaining. 21 seconds before the end of the match, England's fly-half Jonny Wilkinson scored a drop-goal, winning the match and the tournament.

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America leads an invasion of Iraq after accusing the country of building Weapons of Mass Destruction. Initial success was achieved with the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government and George Bush's declaration of the end of major conflict - 'Mission Accomplished' - within two months of the invasion. The conflict, however, was not over, and British and American troops continued fighting with insurgents to stabilise the country.

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