SNOWDON’S SNAPS: The National Portrait Gallery clearly can’t get its fill of fashion, pop culture and society photographers. Just a few months after “Bailey’s Stardust,” the David Bailey retrospective, shut, “Snowdon: A Life in View” has opened.
This show — a more low-key affair — features a collection of black-and-white portraits shot by Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, from the Fifties through the Nineties. It marks a significant gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the gallery last year and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.
It has been curated by Helen Trompeteler, the National Portrait Gallery’s assistant curator of photographs, and Snowdon’s daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal. The show features 30 original prints from the 130 portraits gifted to the gallery by Snowdon.
“These are wonderful portrait images of some most creative and engaging contributors to Britain in the second half of the 20th century,” said Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Highlights include portraits of David Bowie, Bill Gibb, Zandra Rhodes, Mary Quant, Terence Stamp and Dame Maggie Smith. Lord Snowdon’s photographic career began in the Fifties, when he lensed subjects in theater, fashion and society before embarking on a 60-year career with British Vogue.
Snowdon, ex-husband of the late Princess Margaret, photographed cultural figures and members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth.
To mark the show Rizzoli has published “Snowdon: A Life in View,” a 368-page book showcasing his work.
The show will run until June 21.