Illuminating women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus
Past display archive
8 September 2018 - 7 April 2019
Room 32, Floor 1
In 1977, the National Portrait Gallery staged a landmark exhibition, featuring nearly 90 portraits of eminent British women photographed by Mayotte Magnus. It was the first photographic exhibition in the Gallery’s history to focus exclusively on female achievement. In September 2018, this display revisited a selection of key portraits from Magnus’s 1977 exhibition, alongside more recent acquisitions. The portraits were taken in the sitter’s homes or place of work, and are rich in narrative and composition. The display celebrated a range of creative women, including artists Liliane Lijn and Glenys Barton, authors Marina Warner and Margaret Drabble, actresses Glenda Jackson and Judi Dench and Nobel Prize recipient Nadine Gordimer.
Mayotte Magnus Photographer – A Snapshot of an Artist
By Bob Scholes 2018
The making of this video coincided with the hanging of the display Illuminating Women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The biographical film looks at how Magnus began a career in photography, the techniques she has used, significantly in making portraits, and her life in France and the UK.