If you are in London before the end of May, make sure to check out the Man Ray photography exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery. It’s a comprehensive look at the evolution of his incredible photography techniques and fascination with people. His surrealist style blazed a trail not only in the art world, but the fashion world as well, and he helped create a visual style used by Vogue and Vanity Fair. Here are a few of my favorites.
Eva Gardner – 1951.
Solarized portrait of Lee Miller – 1929.
Helen Tamiris – 1929.
Remy Duval – 1930.
Lee Miller – 1930.
I also always enjoy seeing what the NPG has in their permanent portrait exhibition as they often have new aquisitions like my three new favorites below.
Amy Winehouse by Marlene Dumas – 2011.
Mo Mowlam by John Keane – 2001.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley – 2012.
I also highly recommend the Bowie Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was sold out while we were there, so book WAY ahead. It shows until August 11th.