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John Swannell's Photographs at The Chris Beetles Gallery

03/02/2008, By

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Joanna Lumley

John Swannell's reputation as one of the biggest names in British photography is no accident, his consistently inventive work and unerring professionalism having kept him in demand by press and public for over thirty five years.

Trained by Vogue Studios and then David Bailey, John is a long-standing contributor to Vogue, Tatler, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and many other high profile publications. The exhibition will be the first complete retrospective of his remarkable archive that spans fashion, portraiture and nudes.

Chris Beetles Gallery will show over 60 of John Swannell’s pictures, juxtaposing classic images with lesser-known, more intimate portraits and those new to the public eye.

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John’s witty approach to portraiture gives us national darling Joanna Lumley like a latter day Cruella de Vil, a combative looking Queen Elizabeth II guarding the banqueting hall at Windsor Castle, Spike Milligan distinctly unamused in his back garden, Sir John Gielgud leaping into the air at eighty, and many more unusual and insightful portraits.

They will also hang a group of spectacular nudes. Produced in a limited edition of 25 platinum prints, these images represent the best of his career-long devotion to the genre.

The National Portrait Gallery, London has over fifty of his photographs, and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the V&A, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Royal Photographic Society.

19th March to 5th April
Chris Beetles Gallery
8 & 10 Ryder Street
London SW1Y 6QB
+44 (0)20 7839 7551
Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Nearest tube: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus

Images copyright John Swannell

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