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Patrick Lichfield's Photographs at The Chris Beetles Gallery

16/04/2008, By

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Grace Coddington

Patrick Lichfield is a household name whose photography has graced the world's media for over forty years. Chris Beetles Gallery are thrilled to announce the first-ever selling show of his remarkable work. Lichfield's photography for the Daily Express, Queen Magazine, and Life helped crystallise the 1960s visual aesthetic.

Born an aristocrat, he was brought up in the family’s grand Staffordshire stately home, Shugborough Hall; he went to school at Harrow and then followed that with a spell in the Army. However, photography had always been his first love, and despite some people thinking that it was merely his name that got him recognised, he proved himself many times over to become recognised as one of the finest photographers of his generation.

So much so that Diana Vreeland, the influential editor of American Vogue, bombarded him with flattering telegrams requesting that he work for her. He capitulated in 1968, and became one of only five British photographers to be retained by the magazine since its foundation (Bailey, Beaton, Parkinson and Snowdon being the others).

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Lichfield’s archive is a rich seam of culturally important photography, much of which has become synonymous with our perception of the celebrated and fashionable in the late 20th century. Since his death in 2005 his archive has been extensively catalogued, and the exhibition will show a selection of these well-known images alongside recent discoveries made public for the first time.

Despite a huge and varied body of work, Lichfield was latterly pigeonholed as a royal photographer. Comprising of over 70 images, the exhibition will reassess his archive and reveal him to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

14th May to 4th June
Chris Beetles Gallery
8 & 10 Ryder Street
London SW1Y 6QB
+44 (0)20 7839 7551
Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Admission free
Nearest tube: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus

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