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Lichfield - Chris Beetles Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHRIS Beetles Gallery is holding the first-ever selling show of Patrick Lichfield’s work. Entitled simply Lichfield, it runs from May 14 to June 4, 2008.

Lichfield’s photography for the Queen Magazine and Life helped crystallise the 1960s visual aesthetic. So much so that Diana Vreeland, the influential editor of American Vogue, summoned him to work for her.

In 1968, he capitulated and, along with Bailey, Beaton, Parkinson and Snowdon, became one of only five British photographers to be retained by the magazine since its foundation.

Lichfield’s archive is a rich seam of culturally important photography, much of which has become synonymous with our perception of the celebrated and fashionable in the late 20th century. Since his death in 2005, his archive has been extensively catalogued and a selection of these well-known images will be on show alongside recent discoveries made public for the first time.

With over 70 images, the exhibition will reassess his archive and reveal him to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

Times: Monday to Saturday – 10am to 5:30pm.

NB: A fully illustrated catalogue will be on sale and all images are featured on the website.

Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 and 10 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6QB.

Tel: 020 7839 7551.