at London Art Fair 2008, Islington
Special exhibition of photographs by John Hedgecoe. "Photographing Artists - Fifty years of Modern British Art”. Including portraits of Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Sandra Blow, Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ivon Hitchens, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer.
An important exhibition by renowned British photographer John Hedgecoe. This will be the first time his photographs will be available to acquire by the public as limited edition prints.
John Hedgecoe has been at the forefront of portrait photography for 50 years. He has been taking pictures of the leading figures in the world of art, literature, science and politics from Winston Churchill to Mary Quant, while his portrait of the Queen of 1966 still graces the postage stamps.
The exhibition at the London Art Fair will focus on his photographs of British artists. Since his early revealing studies of Stanley Spencer and Augustus John of the late 1950s, he has arguably been the leading chronicler of the British art scene.
The exhibition will bring together a fascinating collection of portraits of the past 50 years presenting, in effect, a survey of British Art of the 20th century. John Hedgecoe has been friends with many artists. He was the favourite photographer of Henry Moore, whom he had known for almost forty years, and has been involved in many publications about the artist and his work.
John Hedgecoe is an internationally acclaimed photographer, teacher and writer. In 1957 he joined Queen magazine as staff photographer. In 1965 he established the Photography Department at the Royal College of Art, where he was Professor of Photography from 1975 to 1994. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world and can be found in major public collections such as the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.