Author Archives: Libby Richardson

Irving Penn: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London

After much determined negotiation, London’s National Portrait Gallery has managed to secure over one hundred of Irving Penn’s portraits from the closely guarded Penn archive and other collections around the world. Simply presented, these luminous, silvery black-and-white prints make for an unsurpassed body of portraiture which celebrate Penn’s astounding career.

Look Within at The Bloomberg Space

Portraits have been created for centuries, and for centuries their viewers have sought meaning and drawn assumptions about the subjects that gaze back at them. At ‘Within: New Photographic Portraits’ at the Bloomberg Space in London, four artists were commissioned to explore the subtle psychological power and ambiguity of portraiture. Asked first to consider ‘the [...]