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Rediscovering Michael Peto
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9/17/2013 to 6/1/2014
When: 9/17/2013
Where: National Portrait Gallery
London
England

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Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney


Michael Peto's candid images from the 1950s and 60s captured the celebrities and power brokers of the day. On the eve of the first exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery, we look into his remarkable archive and the campaign to save it. The archive was donated to Dundee University, where his stepson was studying, in 1971. There the negatives were carefully cleaned by an archivist then neglected. Patricia Whatley of Dundee with others are now overseeing a new restoration of more than 130,00- prints and negatives. To bring attention back to the work and Peto it will exhibit this year at London's National Portrait Gallery and the New York Public Library. Next year his portraits of world leaders and political figures will line the halls of the Scottish Parliament. And in the meantime Whatley and her team continue to process the rest of the 129,000 Peto prints.

 

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More information on Peto's exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

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