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Blow Up: Sixties Photography Exposed

Past display archive
21 September 2002 - 27 April 2003

Room 32

Admission Free

Mick Jagger
by David Bailey
December 1964
NPG P952

Newly acquired photographs by David Bailey featuring his iconic studies of Jane Birkin, Michael Caine and Jean Shrimpton are displayed within a wider context focusing on sixties pop, fashion, art and film by other leading photographers of the era including Lewis Morley, Norman Parkinson and Robert Whitaker.

Special feature on previous display: Sixties Style


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