Sandra Lousada

I am currently working on a forthcoming display to celebrate Sandra Lousada’s fifty-year career as a photographer and the National Portrait Gallery’s acquisition of an important group of her photographs. A selection of her work will be shown in the Bookshop Gallery from 28 November 2011– 20 May 2012.

Granddaughter of politician A P Herbert and daughter of stage designer Jocelyn Herbert, Sandra grew up amidst a circle of actors, writers, musicians and artists. From the 1950s and 1960s onwards, she recorded leading figures in the arts including Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah on the set of A Taste of Honey (1961); Tom Courtenay on location for The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962); and writers including Richard Hughes and Laurie Lee.

The Gallery’s acquisition also includes Sandra’s 1961 portrait of James Fox and Sarah Miles shortly before they appeared together in Joseph Losey’s multi-award winning film The Servant (1963).

James Fox and Sarah Miles by Sandra Lousada, 1961 © Sandra Lousada

More information can be found on Sandra’s website and a selection of her photographs can currently be seen in the Whitechapel Gallery display Rothko in Britain.

Court on Canvas

This last month included a trip on 13th July 2011 to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts where the exhibition Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art is on show until 18 September 2011. The National Portrait Gallery lent seven photographs to the exhibition, including two of Bunny Austin, one of which shows him alongside artist Alfred Aaron Wolmark, at work on his painting of the legendary tennis player.

Bunny Austin; Alfred Aaron Wolmark by Wide World Photos, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

A visit to Birmingham Central Library on the same day gave the opportunity to view the Library’s large Sir Benjamin Stone collection with Pete James, Head of Photography. This collection includes Stone’s negatives, his personal collection of photographic prints collected from his many trips abroad, his indexes, collected press cuttings and his parliamentary diaries.

The National Portrait Gallery’s own Benjamin Stone collection currently consists of more than 1300 catalogued and digitised platinum prints by Stone. More information can be found here: Sir Benjamin Stone

Duffy: The man who shot the ’60s

I was recently invited to contribute to this year’s 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB).

BIFB is a month-long festival with an abundance of programs, exhibitions and events, staged over 70 plus venues in and around Ballarat, Australia. BIFB presents a diverse and eclectic mix of the very best of photography and photographic art from all corners of Australia and around the world.

This year’s Core Program features 21 invited Australian and international artists, both established and emerging. One of the star artists featured this year is celebrated 60s photographer Brian Duffy (1933–2010).

My feature on Duffy’s career and legacy can be found here:

Duffy: The man who shot the ’60s