The World's Most Photographed

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December 18, 2015

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Greta Garbo was one of the most mysterious and secretive film stars of the 20th century - she cast a spell over Hollywood in the 1920s and 30s with her exotic looks and hypnotic presence. She was ferociously protective of her private life and detested being photographed off the movie set.
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December 17, 2015

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Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837 coincided almost exactly with the invention of photography. She would be the first woman in the world to live both her private and public lives in front of the camera.
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December 16, 2015

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Mahatma Gandhi, the man who brought the British Empire to its knees, was a master of media manipulation. For a non-violent campaigner who employed protest, prayer and fasting, the photograph was one of the mightiest weapons in the fight to liberate India.
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December 15, 2015

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In just three films and a career spanning 18 short months, James Dean captured the imagination of a new generation, hungry for a different kind of Hollywood hero - sensitive, spontaneous, unconventional and sexually ambiguous. His sudden, violent death in a car crash aged just 24 guaranteed him the immortality he craved and fixed his image as the beautiful rebellious youth in the public's mind forever.
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December 14, 2015

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John F Kennedy was one of the most popular presidents of the United States of America. At the core of his appeal was his image; Kennedy was highly photogenic. He also understood the power of the photograph and exploited it more effectively than any other politician before him.
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December 11, 2015

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Marilyn Monroe is known primarily as a movie star, but she always preferred being photographed. Faced with the pressure and chaos of the film set, she was often anxious and full of self-doubt. One-on-one with a photographer, she felt at ease and in control.
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December 9, 2015

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Adolf Hitler, the first state leader to have a totally manufactured image, used photography to hypnotise and corrupt a nation. In the 1930s, the photographer Heinrich Hoffmann transformed the young camera-shy politician into a figure of absolute power, helping to mastermind one of the most successful campaigns of mass manipulation in history.
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December 8, 2015

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Throughout the 1950s and 60s, images of Audrey Hepburn dazzled the world.
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Series which unearths photographs previously lost or suppressed, to explore the power of the image and the nature of iconography. It decodes the carefully constructed public image of ten of the world's most photographed people to reveal more about the personalities, lives and intentions of the subjects.
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