Taken in London and Paris the photographs feature literary and social figures including Ian McEwan, Christopher Hitchens, Kingsley Amis, James Fenton, Pat Kavanagh and Candia McWilliam. These photographs have remained in the photographer’s private collection for almost 30 years and offer us a unique insight into Amis and his friends in the period when the writer was working on the novels Success, Other People and the screenplay for the film Saturn 3.This display of 25 previously unseen photographs marks the year in which Martin Amis celebrates his sixtieth birthday. These evocative black and white portraits taken by his friend, the photographer Angela Gorgas provide an intimate document of the literary and artistic circles in which they moved in the late 1970s.Gorgas first met Amis in 1977 while working as a portraitist and freelance photographer. Amis was literary editor of the New Statesman, working with Christopher Hitchens and Julian Barnes, who was married to Pat Kavanagh, Amis’s then literary agent. Engaged from 1978 to 1981, Amis and Gorgas lived and worked predominantly in London and spent several months in Paris, where they were frequently visited by friends including Ian McEwan, Christopher Hitchens, James Fenton and Mark Boxer. Gorgas’s close relationships within this circle of friends has resulted in this remarkable collection of unguarded and candid portraits.
|Duration||10 January 2009 - 13 October 2009|
|Times||Open daily 10:00-18:00|
|Venue||National Portrait Gallery|
|Address||Room 33 London WC2H 0HE, ,|
|Contact||020 7306 0055 / / www.npg.org.uk|