Art: Portrait photographer Hoppé at the National Portrait Gallery

The ‘Pearlies’, Master William Dennis Simmons, London, 1922 © 2011 Curatorial Assistance, Inc. / E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection

Before Mario Testino, before Richard Avedon, E.O Hoppé was the portrait photographer of his time (1878 – 1972). From his 33-room Kensington Studio he photographed Margot Fonteyn, Mussolini, Henry James, Albert Einstein, Vita Sackville-West and King George VI with Queen Elizabeth (who you will look at with different eyes after The King’s Speech) before going onto capture everyday Londoners on the streets. A brilliant new exhibition of his work opens today, and continues till the end of May, but you’ve only got until February 20th to see the equally wonderful adjacent show, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which includes some must-see photographs of Nicky Haslam and Tony Blair as well as many more hauntingly beautiful portraits.

Hoppé exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and prize giveaway
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize until 20 Feb; Hoppé until 30 May
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
020 7306 0055
— Francesca
17th February 2011

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