Marilyn Stafford – A Life in Photography

About this exhibition

Stafford has photographed many influential people all over the world during her fascinating life including Albert Einstein, Edith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mulk Raj Anand, Indira Gandhi, Joanna Lumley and Twiggy.

She has also photographed many ordinary people like the Sicilian woman, Francesca Serio, who took the mafia to trial for murdering her son and the Parisian children of the Cité-Lesage neighbourhood living in slum housing conditions. Stafford has witnessed some turbulent periods of modern social and political history – she photographed Algerian refugees in Tunisia in 1958; she captured Lebanon in the 1960s; she created an intimate documentary about Indira Gandhi during India’s intervention in Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

Alongside her humanitarian focused photography, Stafford took advantage of opportunities open to her as a female photographer, including commissioned portraits and fashion runways for publications and agencies. This exhibition provides a reflective and engaging look at a period of 20th century history through her unique gaze.


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