Yevonde: Life and Colour

ISBN: 9781855145634
Artist(s): Yevonde
Author(s): Clare Freestone
Format: hardback
Year published: 15 June 2023
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 240
Illustrations: 180 illustrations


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Yevonde (1893-1975) was a businesswoman and tireless creator, as an innovator committed to colour photography when it was not considered a serious medium, her work is significant in the history of British portrait photography. Yevonde championed photography during a time where there were few women photographers working professionally, and this book tells the story of her life, works, and 60-year career.

Yevonde: Life and Colour brings the photographer’s works together again for the first time in 20 years and features previously unpublished works. This book showcases her experimentation with a range of techniques and genres including colour photography, portraiture, still-lifes, solarisation, and the Vivex colour process, and repositions her as a modern artist of the twentieth century. This highly illustrated publication provides in-depth context to Yevonde’s images, considering their aesthetic and mythic references.


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