Vogue Exhibition at Portrait Gallery

On until 22nd May 2016 in London’s Portrait Gallery is the enormous Vogue 100 Century of Style exhibition. It’s huge and stunning.

The ground floor area on the public side has been extended to fit it all in. It was packed on a Tuesday, so I’d avoid the weekends if you can.

The full admission price is £19! I got in for half price with the Art Fund card. If you go, also ask about concessions. It was was packed on a Tuesday – so be warned.

A huge number of photographers are represented. They include  Baron Adolph de Meyer, Horst and Hoyningen-Huene. There’s a few of David Bailey’s contrasty black and white photos from the early 1960s, and amazing recent photos by Nick Knight.

Some of the outdoor B&W photos could have done with a bit of fill-in flash to make them pop out a bit. There’s a display of 15 black and white photos from the 1990s together on one wall. All were taken on dull days and they all looked dreary. These were photos from Vogue? I didn’t understand this section.

The full admission price is £19! I got in for half price with the Art Fund card. If you go, also ask about concessions. Despite the price this is a fantastic exhibition and a must-see for photographers.

Elsewhere in the NPG is some great free stuff. On the first floor in the 20th Century gallery there are some interesting photos in glass cases.

Tamara Karsavina in The Firebird, 1911 by E.O. Hoppe
Tamara Karsavina in The Firebird, 1911 by E.O. Hoppe

This is Tamara Karsavina in The Firebird, taken in 1911 by E.O. Hoppe. I copied it using my phone (with permission), and it suffers from reflections, but you get the idea.

Down in the basement print sales area there photos of musicians (The Who, Stones & more) by David Wedgbury, who worked for Decca, portraits by Ida Kar and Angus McBean, plus other great work.