Discover rarely seen photographs of 20th-century icons

Brooke Theis
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Photo credit: 1966, © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images
Photo credit: 1966, © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images

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With the reopening of Chelsea’s Iconic Images Gallery comes an exhibition of work by some of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century.

Photo credit: © Ed Caraeff / Iconic Images
Photo credit: © Ed Caraeff / Iconic Images

Titled Blow-Up: Icons Up-Close and Personal, the display will feature captivating works by Terry O’Neill, Justin de Villeneuve and Eva Sereny, amongst other greats, whose lenses captured subjects including Brigitte Bardot, Miles Davis, Carly Simon, Paul Newman and Janis Joplin.

Photo credit: © Lawrence Fried /Iconic Images
Photo credit: © Lawrence Fried /Iconic Images

The show is inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 counter-cultural film Blow-Up, which explores the act of seeing and the art of image-making, and features photographs by Terry O’Neill of the story’s protagonist.

Photo credit: © Baron Wolman / Iconic Images
Photo credit: © Baron Wolman / Iconic Images

Both a tribute to the art of celebrity portraiture and a nostalgic reflection on the notable figures who shaped their generations, the exhibition celebrates the new genre of photography that emerged when these two worlds combined.

Photo credit: © Ted Williams / Iconic Images
Photo credit: © Ted Williams / Iconic Images

‘Blow-Up: Icons Up-Close and Personal’ is at Iconic Images Gallery Chelsea until 28 February.