Two pieces from the BIPP’s photographic collection archived in the Library of Birmingham are out on loan to the National Portrait Gallery for their exhibition that will explore the life and career of Madame Yevonde, the pioneering London photographer who spearheaded the use of colour photography in the 1930s and who became a member of the BIPP (then PPA) in 1919, age 26. 

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.

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