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First Exposure: Photographs 1961-2010

Past display archive
22 June - 18 November 2012

Room 41a


Jimmy Page
by Dick Barnatt
May 1975
NPG x135917

The National Portrait Gallery is a visual reflection of British life and culture. Every year the Gallery acquires a diverse selection of photographs.

This selection of prints, shown here for the first time, represents a much larger group of images acquired in recent years. The sitters included in this display are drawn from the worlds of religion, fashion, dance, media and classic and contemporary pop music.

The photographers represented in this display range from those who emerged in the 1960s including Peter Akehurst, Jurgen Schadeberg and Eric Swayne to twenty-first century practitioners such as Ellen Nolan and Abigail Zoe Martin.

Subjects range from Grace Coddington, now the creative director of American Vogue magazine who is shown at the very beginning of her career. Two images from a portfolio of five iconic images show the rock legend, Jimmy Page, at key moments during his continuing career.

Contrasting locations include one of the fashionable venues of 1960s Swinging London, The Playboy Club on Park Lane to the historic setting of the Deanery of Westminster Abbey, the setting for the 2004 portrait of Wesley Carr.

Other recent photographic acquisitions can be explored through the New Portraits page.

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