London’s National Portrait Gallery is currently celebrating the fifty year career of photographer Sandra Lousada. The twenty one portraits on display depict key figures in literature, film and fashion from the early 1960s.
Subsequent to the acquisition of forty portraits by Lousada, the display at The National Portrait Gallery highlights shots taken between 1960 and 1964, many of which feature in Lousada’s book Public Faces Private Places (2008).
Lousada captured the leading figures in the arts including actors Sarah Miles, James Fox, Vanessa Redgrave and Hayley Mills, composer Arthur Bliss, writers Richard Hughes and Laurie Lee and sculptor Lynn Chadwick. The display at the Gallery also includes previously unseen portraits of models Jean Shrimpton and Celia Hammond taken on assignment for Queen magazine.
Born in London in 1938, Sandra Lousada initially found it difficult to find work as a photographic assistant or get commissions. A turning point in her career was the publications of her portrait of Richard Hughes on the cover of the New York Times literary supplement. She went on to work for Mademoiselle, Harpers & Queen, Tatler and Vogue whilst also becoming a successful theatre and portrait photographer.
Sandra Lousada: Work and Performance runs in the Bookshop Gallery of The National Portrait Gallery, London until the 20th May 2012. Lousada’s book, Public Faces Private Places: Portraits of Artists 1956-2008, (published by Frances Lincoln), is also available.
Information taken from npg.org.uk.