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"Gemma Levine: Portrait Photographer 25 years"
2001-01-22 until 2001-04-08
National Portrait Gallery
UK United Kingdom
Gemma Levine is one of Britain's leading
portrait photographers, with a marvellous capacity for capturing
the character of her subjects. This retrospective display brings together
a selection of 25 portraits to celebrate her 25 years as a professional
photographer. The exhibition consists primarily of her work from
the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on British sitters who have excelled
in their chosen field.
Politics is represented by Baroness Thatcher
and Tony Blair, Philosophy by Sir Isiah Berlin, Art by Elizabeth
Frink, David Hockney and Henry Moore, Theatre by Dame Judi Dench,
Sir John Gielgud and Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Other sitters include
chefs Prue Leith and Marco Pierre White, editors Rosie Boycott
and Piers Morgan, and dancers Darcey Bussell and Briony Brind.
Also featured are those who have made a significant contribution
in a variety of fields such as Jonathan Miller and Sir John Mortimer,
Joan Collins, Cherie Blair QC and Princess Diana. Known particularly
for her dramatic black and white work the display includes for
the first time two colour portraits of The Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd
and David Hockney.
Gemma Levine has published 16 books and
had over 40 exhibitions. She was born and educated in London.
Her career in photography was initiated by a commission from
George Weidenfeld to take photographs for two books in Israel
collaborating with Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir. Returning to England
and contacting the sculptor Henry Moore lead to three subsequent
books and his involvement as her artistic mentor. She says of
him, His first lesson was 'simplicity' and this theme has
carried me through my professional life;.
National Portrait Gallery opening times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday,
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Late Opening Thursday, Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
Recorded information: 020 7312 2463
Darcey Bussell by Gemma Levine
copyright Gemma Levine