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London’s National Portrait Gallery is currently celebrating the fifty-year of photographer Sandra Lousada. The twenty-one portraits on display depict key in literature, film and fashion from the early 1960s. Subsequent to the acquisition of forty portraits by Lousada, the display at The National Portrait Gallery highlights shots taken between 1960 and 1964, many of which feature in Lousada’s book Public Faces Private Places (2008).
One of her first commissions was to travel to Wales to photograph the writer Richard Hughes. This commission was a turning point in her career as a portrait from the with Hughes appeared on the cover of the New York Times literary supplement the day Lousada arrived in New York on her first trip to America.