Friday, 12 February 2016

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAYS RERELY SEEN PHOTOS OF THE BEATLES

Rarely seen photographs of the Beatles will go on view at the National Portrait Gallery as part of its exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style (11 February - 22 May 2016).
Prior to their loan to the Gallery, the two photographs have not been displayed in public since they were taken. The Beatles portrait has remained unpublished in Vogue's archives until now and the Jude Law image was published in British Vogue in 1996, but has not since been shown in a gallery or museum.

Diana Vreeland at American Vogue commissioned the Beatles portrait by the young British Vogue staff photographer Peter Laurie in 1964. The idea was suggested to Vreeland by her British assistant art director, Nicholas Haslam, who was dispatched to Northampton to have them photographed after a concert. Scheduled also for publication in British Vogue, the moment came and went, and the portrait lay unpublished in the magazine's archives.

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