Celebrating photography’s most iconic portraits over time

From Basquiat to Audrey Hepburn.

[P]ortraiture is one of the oldest forms of art we have: from the Stone Age engravings to selfies, it’s how we present ourselves and make sure we last the test of time. But, of course, there are some portraits more worthy than others, and Photo London has gathered together some of the most iconic in history. From Audrey Hepburn by Gian Paolo Barbieri in Valentino, to Jean-Michel Basquiat by Richard Corman in L’Uomo Vogue, they are instantly recognisable and utterly memorable. And with 111 galleries from all around the world showing in Somerset House this weekend, there’s something for everyone, and something of everyone.

Whether it be notorious celebrities, Oscar-winning actors, groundbreaking politicians, shocking supermodels, there’s an icon for everyone. With captivating works from Terry O’Neill, mesmerising pieces from Guy Bourdin, and colour popping portraits from William Klein, it’s not to be missed. Scroll down through our picks to see what’s in store, and click through the gallery for even more.

Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, Yves Saint Laurent, 1963 1963, Silver Gelatin Print, 90 x 95 cm, Image Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2018

Guy Bourdin, Vogue France, Yves Saint Laurent, 1963, Silver Gelatin Print, 90 x 95 cm, Image Copyright The Guy Bourdin Estate 2018

William Klein, Anne + Isabella + Mirror + Taxi, Broadway & 46th Street, New York, 1959, Dye transfer print, 19 5/8 x 20 3/8 inches, William Klein, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

William Klein, Anne + Isabella + Mirror + Taxi, Broadway & 46th Street, New York, 1959, Dye transfer print, 19 5/8 x 20 3/8 inches, William Klein, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Gian Paolo Barbieri, Audrey Hepburn, Valentino, Roma, 1969, Courtesy 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

Gian Paolo Barbieri, Audrey Hepburn, Valentino, Roma, 1969, Courtesy 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

Click through the gallery below for more fascinating portraits, and check out Photo London from 17th-20th May 2018 at Somerset House, London, for tickets click here.

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