BAZAAR’S FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE V&A
Ahead of the opening of the V&A’s new Photography Centre, guests attended an intimate event celebrating the pioneering women behind the lens of some of Bazaar’s most iconic images. Susanna Brown, the curator of photographs at the museum, led the tour of a bespoke exhibition featuring work by Diane Arbus, Toni Frissell and Genevieve Naylor. A highlight was a 1950 portrait of a graceful model by Lillian Bassman that was specially unveiled for one day (it is currently resting for eight years between displays to preserve the delicate print). After browsing copies of Bazaar from the 19th and 20th centuries, guests were given a private tour of the Photography Centre, becoming the first members of the public to see the space before the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal visit. The gallery features a collection of Linda McCartney’s family photos and celebrity portraits, recently donated to the centre by her husband Paul, alongside a remarkable assortment of 19th-century cameras owned by the photographic pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot.
Copies of Bazaar from the 19th century in the V&A’s Prints and Studies room
A study by Genevieve Naylor for Bazaar in 1946