Life and Colour

Free for Members and Patrons


‘Jubilant and uplifting’ - The Guardian

‘Joyful’ - The Telegraph

Past exhibition archive
22 June - 15 October 2023

£15.00 / £17.00

£5 for all visitors aged 30 and under – supported by Bank of America

Other concessions apply

Ticket includes entry to the Gallery

Members visit free – advance booking recommended

Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery’s Reopening Partner: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

An exploration of the life and career of Yevonde, the pioneering London photographer who spearheaded the use of colour photography in the 1930s.

Yevonde: Life and Colour tells the story of a woman who gained freedom through photography – as she experimented with her medium and blazed a new trail for portrait photographers. The exhibition features portraits and still-life works produced by Yevonde over a colourful sixty-year career, and draws on the archive of her work acquired by the Gallery in 2021, as well as extensive new research by our teams.

Yevonde: Life and Colour is supported by The CHANEL Culture Fund, and builds on Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a major partnership project that aims to enhance the representation of women in the Gallery’s Collection.

Supported by 

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