John Hedgecoe: Portraits

24 March - 18 June 2000
Bookshop Gallery and Portrait Cafe
Admission Free

John Hedgecoe (b.1936) is one of Britain's leading portrait photographers. He is also the world's best-selling writer on practical photography, having sold some 9 million books worldwide. This display is a part of a widespread showing of Hedgecoe's work to celebrate the publication of his book Portraits. It presents a selection of 23 photographs (including several in colour which are not in the book), on public display for the first time.

Mary Quant
© John Hedgecoe

Henry Moore
© John Hedgecoe

John Mortimer, N.F. Simpson and Harold Pinter
© John Hedgecoe

The exhibition features many cultural icons of the late twentieth century - Francis Bacon, Mary Quant, Ted Hughes, Agatha Christie and Vita Sackville West. Colour portraits on display for the first time include portraits of Zandra Rhodes, Clough Williams-Ellis, and David Hockney.

Hedgecoe has photographed leading figures in the worlds of theatre, art, music, fashion, politics and literature for around 40 years, from 1953, when, as a student, he first photographed Henry Moore. In 1957 he joined Queen magazine as staff photographer, under the editorship of Jocelyn Stevens. In 1965 Hedgecoe founded the Photography Department at the Royal College of Art, and was Professor of Photography there from 1975 - 1994.

John Betjeman
© John Hedgecoe

Vita Sackville West
© John Hedgecoe

Portraits by John Hedgecoe is published in hardback by Collins & Brown, price £40.

John Hedgecoe Exhibitions
Royal College of Art, London 1 March - 4 April 2000
Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia 13 March - July 2000