Spotlight on Peter Rand

This week the first solo display of photographs by Vogue photographer Peter Rand opened at the National Portrait Gallery.  The display celebrates the recent acquisition of a group of sixteen photographs by Rand, and the publication of The Day of the Peacock: Style for Men 1963-1973 (2011) which features many of his fashion photographs.

Born in Dorset, Rand attended Ealing Art and Photographic College, before working as an assistant to Peter Peck at Woburn Studios (1958-9) and joining the John French Studios in 1960. In 1962 two of his photographs were used by influential art director John Parsons for the front cover of the September and December issues of British Vogue. An editorial contract with Vogue followed, and Rand remained with the magazine until 1970.

A contemporary of David Bailey and Duffy, Rand collaborated with fashion models including Althea August, Grace Coddington, Jill Kennington, and Jean Shrimpton, and photographed the leading figures of the 1960s.

Celia Hammond photographed by Peter Rand for British Vogue, December 1962

Spotlight on Peter Rand focuses on ten key photographs from this period which are exhibited for the first time. These include portraits of actors Sarah Miles with her brother Christopher, Corin Redgrave, Mike Sarne; eighteen year old entrepreneur Richard Branson; playwright Harold Pinter with the cast of The Caretaker, and singer Dusty Springfield. The display continues until 16 September 2012 and recent press coverage includes galleries published by The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Harold Pinter with the cast of The Caretaker by Peter Rand, 1963 © Peter Rand


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