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The Face of the Artist: Photographs by John Hedgecoe

21st Jun 2011 - 11th Dec 2011

This is the first major exhibition of portraits by renowned photographer John Hedgecoe from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection of more than 400 works by the artist, acquired earlier this year.

Francis Bacon, 1959

Francis Bacon, 1959

John Hedgecoe

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David Hockney in his Bayswater studio, 1972

David Hockney in his Bayswater studio, 1972

John Hedgecoe

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Lynn Chadwick

Lynn Chadwick

John Hedgecoe

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Dame Barbara Hepworth in her familiar fur coat, 1970

Dame Barbara Hepworth in her familiar fur coat, 1970

John Hedgecoe

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Malcolm Bradbury , 1996

Malcolm Bradbury , 1996

John Hedgecoe

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Mary Quant at home in Chelsea, 1964

Mary Quant at home in Chelsea, 1964

John Hedgecoe

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John Hedgecoe (1932–2010) was at the forefront of portrait photography for more than 50 years. He took pictures of the leading figures in the worlds of art, literature, science and politics, from Agatha Christie to Winston Churchill. His portrait of the Queen taken in 1966 still graces British postage stamps.

Artists and their art will be brought together in this exhibition, which features Hedgecoe's photographs alongside works from the Centre's permanent collections. They include Francis Bacon with his Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa, Henry Moore with his Mother and Child, Lucie Rie with a selection of her ceramics, and Lynn Chadwick and Elisabeth Frink alongside their sculptures.

Also on display you will find photographs of other well known artists, including Edward Bawden, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Terry Frost, Dame Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Sir Stanley Spencer and Graham Sutherland. The Face of the Artist includes portraits of designers including Sir Terence Conran and Mary Quant, as well as a small number of photographs of literary figures linked to UEA, as a precursor to a future exhibition of writers' portraits from the Hedgecoe collection.

An internationally acclaimed photographer, teacher and writer, John Hedgecoe studied photography at Guildford School of Art. Following a period as an aerial photographer in the RAF, he joined Queen magazine as staff photographer. In the mid-1960s he established the photography department at the Royal College of Art, and in 1975 he became the first Professor of Photography. His photographs have appeared in leading newspapers and magazine titles and can be found in major collections around the world.

The Sainsbury Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous gift of works by John Hedgecoe from his family, and will continue to display his photographs for all to enjoy.

Combined summer exhibition admission £4, concessions £2, family admission £8, concessions £6, school groups £1 per person. Free to Sainsbury Centre Friends, UEA and NUCA staff and students.


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The Face of Norwich

The Face of Norwich is a special project by photographer and Sainsbury Centre staff member Andy Crouch. He has been photographing portraits of local people from all walks of life, including market traders, students, a pub landlord and even the Bishop of Norwich. The project has been inspired by the Face of the Artist exhibition and has developed into a collection of images which captures the spirit of this vibrant city. To nominate a Face of Norwich, please contact scva.ac.uk See the pictures we have so far.

The Face of the Viewer

This summer, visitors to the Sainsbury Centre�s photography exhibitions were invited to take photographs of themselves in the gallery. Here are some of the results!



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