The World’s Most Photographed is an an exhibition of around 100 photographs exploring the lives and legends of ten well-known figures from history – Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria. By unearthing photographs which have previously been lost, suppressed […]

The World’s Most Photographed is an an exhibition of around 100 photographs exploring the lives and legends of ten well-known figures from history – Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria.

By unearthing photographs which have previously been lost, suppressed and hidden, together with more familiar images, the exhibition and series explore the nature of celebrity and iconography, going beyond the often carefully constructed public image to reveal much more about their personalities and lives.

The National Portrait Gallery, London WC2 from 6 July-23 October. Web

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