Yvonde – Life and Colour

Yvonde – Life and Colour

An exploration of the life and career of Yevonde, the pioneering London photographer who spearheaded the use of colour photography in the 1930s.

Yevonde: Life and Colour tells the story of a woman who gained freedom through photography – as she experimented with her medium and blazed a new trail for portrait photographers. The exhibition features portraits and still-life works produced by Yevonde over a colourful sixty-year career, and draws on the archive of her work acquired by the Gallery in 2021, as well as extensive new research by our teams.


The National Portrait Gallery reopens its doors after three years of refurbishment and Metro Imaging is proud to partner with the museum, providing exhibition services including scanning; archival printing and framing.

Yevonde: Life and Colour is supported by The CHANEL Culture Fund, and builds on Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a major partnership project that aims to enhance the representation of women in the Gallery’s Collection.

The exhibition is on display from 22nd June to 15th October 2023.


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