An Exhibition of Patrick Lichfields most interesting early works runs from 7 May to 31 August 2003 at the Balcony Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and
admission is free.
display is sponsored by Epson and Olympus and celebrates the 40th anniversary
of the start of Patrick Lichfield's life as a photographer and brings together
over 30 of his most interesting early works, It focuses on his career as a leading
participant and chronicler of the Swinging Sixties, including his period with
Vogue, and follows on to his definitive and intimate photographs of HM The Queen
and The Royal Family in the 1970s and 1980s, culminating with the wedding of
The Prince of Wales in 1981.
Highlights from the 1960s include the group portrait Swinging London featuring
Roman Polanski, David Hockney and Lady Antonia Fraser, as well as a nude portrait
of Marsha Hunt for the musical Hair and a striking colour portrait of Yves St
Laurent taken in Marrakesh. From the 1970s the selection includes portraits
of Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine and an intimate portrait of Mick and Bianca
Jagger at their wedding in St Tropez in 1971.
One screen in the Balcony Gallery will be devoted to portraits of The Royal
Family, from Lichfields first official royal sitting with the Duke and
Duchess of Windsor in 1967 and the large group portrait of 26 members of the
Royal Family at Windsor (1971) to an intimate portrait of a young Prince Charles
and Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones at Balmoral and refreshingly informal behind-the-scenes
portraits from the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in July 1981.
has been an enormous pleasure to look back and select the images for this exhibition.
I am fortunate that my career has brought me into contact with many interesting
and beautiful people; my work is a permanent record of that, commented
Patrick Lichfield, who has a longstanding relationship with both Olympus and
Epson and has fully embraced digital technologies in his current work. Lichfields
relationship with the former began in the 1970s through a series of advertising
campaigns. Many of the photographs in the exhibition were taken using Olympus
cameras, and all have been digitally reproduced using Epson technology and printed
out on the large format Epson Stylus Pro 9600 to give prints which rival traditional
photographic processes, whilst allowing more flexibility.
About Patrick Lichfield
Patrick Lichfield first took to the camera at the age of six. After starting
on his own in the early sixties he found an increasing demand for editorial
work, most immediately Life and Queen Magazine and many national daily newspapers.
His greatest break came when he was given a five year contract with American
Vogue by Diana Vreeland. Hard on the heels of editorial work, came numerous
advertising commissions worldwide. For a number of years he also undertook the
prestigious Unipart Calendar. In 1981 he was appointed official photographer
at the wedding of The Prince of Wales. More recently he has been commissioned
to work for the British Tourist Authority, fulfilling both photographic and
ambassadorial roles, and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Patrick Lichfield
has been awarded Fellowships of both The British Institute of Professional Photographers
and The Royal Photographic Society. He appears regularly on television, has
published many books on photography and his pictures have been exhibited throughout
the world. A number of national and local charities are supported by his patronage.
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