Norman Parkinson Archive

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July to 18 October 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London


Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn, Italy, 1955

The fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, will be explored in a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015. 

The Archive is delighted that images from Norman Parkinson's 1955 shoot with Audrey will be featured.

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s little known career-changing performance at renowned West End night club Ciro’s, in the space now occupied by the Gallery’s public Archive, the exhibition will bring together a remarkable selection of both classic and rarely seen photographs of the successful British actress.

The exhibition will follow Hepburn’s rise to fame, from her early years in Holland and as a dancer and chorus girl in London’s West End, to her becoming a stage and screen icon, culminating in her philanthropic work in later life. The exhibition will showcase rarely seen photographs from the collection of the Hepburn family along with iconic portraits of Hepburn by leading photographers of the twentieth century, including Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and Irving Penn.

Curated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Advisor on Photographs, National Portrait Gallery and Helen Trompeteler, Associate Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery,Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Iconwill follow the captivating rise of one of the world's first truly international stars. Pepper has curated a number of high profile photographic exhibitions for the Gallery, includingCecil Beaton Portraits(2004),Angus McBean: Portraits(2006),Vanity Fair Portraits(2008) and previously worked with Trompeteler on Man Ray Portraits(2013).

A beautifully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, including over 60 portraits, some of which are rare and previously unpublished, will be available to purchase from National Portrait Gallery Shops and online as hardback (RRP £29.95) and paperback (exclusive to the Gallery, RRP £22.50). 

Admission charges:
Including voluntary donation: Adult £10 / Concessions £8.50
Standard price: Adult: £9 / Concessions £7.50