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Photographs by The Douglas Brothers, 1988-1996


14 Portraits in set

The portraits are of fourteen actors, writers and musicians who continue to be celebrated today. Salman Rushdie was photographed shortly before the Fatwa was placed on him for The Satanic Verses (1998). Damon Albarn is pictured a year before Blur’s debut album Leisure (1991) and Kazuo Ishiguro adopts an assured pose in the year he won the Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day. The Douglas Brothers’ atmospheric portraiture is the result of combining the nineteenth-century Pictorialist tradition with a progressive sensibility. Their technique involves soft focus, movement and low light levels. Lith prints (using bromide paper with lithographic developer) enhance the nuances of tone and subtle hues. Platinum prints enhance the depth and contrast of the image.

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Salman Rushdie, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2008

Salman Rushdie

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, December 1988
NPG P2008

Daniel Day-Lewis, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P1998

Daniel Day-Lewis

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, August 1989
NPG P1998

Peter Gabriel, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2001

Peter Gabriel

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, March 1989
NPG P2001

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2009

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, November 1989
NPG P2009

Alan Bennett, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P1999

Alan Bennett

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, August 1990
NPG P1999

John Le Carré, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2002

John Le Carré

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, August 1990
NPG P2002

Damon Albarn, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2003

Damon Albarn

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, October 1990
NPG P2003

Ian McEwan, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2005

Ian McEwan

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, 1990
NPG P2005

Bob Geldof, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2007

Bob Geldof

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, March 1990
NPG P2007

Shaun Ryder, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2010

Shaun Ryder

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, November 1990
NPG P2010

Sir Kenneth Branagh, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P1997

Sir Kenneth Branagh

by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, 1992
NPG P1997

Tilda Swinton, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2006

Tilda Swinton

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, November 1992
NPG P2006

Bryan Ferry, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2000

Bryan Ferry

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, February 1993
NPG P2000

Eric Clapton, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2004

Eric Clapton

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, September 1994
NPG P2004