About the exhibition
The pioneering photographer, Helen Muspratt (1907–2001) produced some of the most astonishing images of the twentieth century.
This forthcoming exhibition explores an extraordinary body of work in many different styles and genres from experimental photography using techniques such as solarisation, to social documentary and studio portraiture.
In the late 1930s Muspratt opened a studio in Oxford where she became established as a remarkable portrait photographer. Critical to all her work was her preoccupation with the face – its ‘shape and angle’ – and she became an eminent portrait photographer recording some of the leading figures of the twentieth century.
This exhibition marks the recent and important gift of the Helen Muspratt photographic archive to the Bodleian Libraries, including over 500 original prints and surviving negatives.