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Do I Have to go to London? Photographer of the Stars – British Photographer David Farrell (1919- 2013)

David Farrell, The Beatles, c.1962. © David Farrell, courtesy of Osborne Samuel.

David Farrell, The Beatles, c.1962. © David Farrell, courtesy of Osborne Samuel

50 Photographs in London

How can you see 50 photographs at a gallery in London? In the day, the only way to see an exhibition, say, of 50 photographs by the celebrated British Photographer, David Farrell, was to go there. Thus, only a few number of people would have access to these works. This produced a sense of exclusiveness, but also, a sense of exclusion.

How to Counter the Sense of Exclusion in Art?

It may seem like a simple thing now, using the internet to make Art accessible to everyone. But, it is only a recent phenomenon by some of the world’s most famous museums, and Google Art. But, gallery exhibitions remained exclusive. Now, though many leading galleries now leave their exhibitions up online beyond an exhibition’s closing. All this is done technically by virtue of tools of the New Media.

However, the commitment to make Art accessible to anyone in the world is a conscious cultural decision which has opened the doors of the art world, so that works can be viewed anytime by anyone. Thus, it was a conscious decision to remove the barriers that prevented most people from viewing most of the world’s Art. The idea of inclusiveness, not exclusiveness transformed who could see the world’s Art. The London gallery, Osborne Samuel has done this with some of the most iconic images of photographer David Farrell.

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Celebrated British photographer David Farrell (1919-2013), [is] internationally renowned for his iconic images of many of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will be the first survey of Farrell’s work since his death earlier last year, will showcase images of many of his most famous sitters, from Louis Armstrong to Laurence Olivier, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Through commissions from London Weekend Television and Thames TV, Farrell went on to photograph most of the pop stars of the period, including early performances by the Beatles, Cilla Black and Tom Jones. In the 1960s and 1970s he turned to theatre and film with an invitation to photograph the production of Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) starring Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren, and over subsequent years he worked on more than 100 films and TV dramas alongside directors including Michael Winner. and Ken Loach.

Judi Dench as Titania in Peter Hall’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1968.

Judi Dench as Titania in Peter Hall’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1968.

Fine Art in the New Media

OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading gallery in London. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture. It has 50 images of the work of David Farell on its website available to all.

Upon his death aged 93, Farrell left an extensive archive of images which together form a fascinating “hall of fame” of the 20th century’s best-known stars of stage, screen and soundtrack.

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