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"Gemma Levine: Portrait Photographer 25 years"
2001-01-22 until 2001-04-08
National Portrait Gallery
London, , 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

IMAGE:
Darcey Bussell by Gemma Levine
copyright Gemma Levine


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