by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern), and by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, early 1970s
4 3/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. (110 mm x 93 mm)
Given by Madame Yevonde, 1971
Sitterback to top
- Madame Yevonde (1893-1975), Photographer. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 332 portraits.
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- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 75 Read entry
Always in the avant-garde, Yevonde’s self-portraits aged seventy-four and seventy-seven show a woman honest about the ageing process and confident about communicating the important tools of her trade. The focus on lighting and the foregrounding of camera equipment dominate, while she records her own courage in the face of physical decline. In comparing these self-portraits with the modest, secretive image she made when she was thirty-two, a visible connection emerges the distinctive black-and-white chequered cloth that acts as a trademark and seems loudly to proclaim her four-square good sense and indomitable spirit.
Events of 1970back to top
Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.
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