Decades of archive photography by Marilyn Stafford set for Dimbola

Photographer Marilyn Stafford, left, and an example of her photography.

Photographer Marilyn Stafford, left, and an illustration of her photography.

DIMBOLA’S summer time exhibit is a retrospective of many years of archive photography by 96 calendar year aged Sussex photographer Marilyn Stafford.

Subsequent her well-liked exhibition, A Trend Retrospective, which was held at Dimbola in 2020, the museum is delighted to showcase the special touring exhibition, A Lifestyle in Photography.

Performs appear from an worldwide archive spanning 4 many years, and include celeb portraits, style shoots, street photography, humanitarian tales and newspaper reportage.

This exhibition delivers a glimpse at a time period of 20th century history as a result of the photographer’s unique gaze.

It will function quite a few of the tales from her career, with photos under no circumstances seen in advance of by the community and specially organised expanded content this kind of as a movie about Marilyn’s daily life and far more.

Marilyn Stafford’s pictures occupation bought off to a extraordinary start off when she was invited, as a young female, to take stills of Albert Einstein.

Given that then, she has accrued an eclectic overall body of perform, spanning from 1948-1980, which include additional portraits of renowned and influential figures these as Edith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mulk Raj Anand, Indira Gandhi, Albert Finney, Twiggy and Joanna Lumley.

She has also photographed several common men and women like the illiterate Sicilian peasant female, Francesca Serio, who took the Mafia to trial for murdering her son.

Stafford has also engaged in road pictures, mainly in the 1950s, documenting the Parisian small children of the Cité Lesage-Bullourde neighbourhood residing in slum housing ailments as nicely as the bustling, and from time to time downtrodden, street lifetime of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Stafford has witnessed some major, and often turbulent, periods of modern social and political history — she photographed Algerian refugees in Tunisia fleeing the Algerian War of Independence in 1958 which gained her entrance web page of the Observer.

Together with her humanitarian targeted images, Stafford took gain of opportunities open up to her as a woman photographer, like commissioned portraits and style runways for British, American and worldwide newspapers and publications.

Dr Brian Hinton, government chair of Dimbola, reported: “We are honoured to demonstrate a key retrospective of Marilyn’s remarkable life journey. She is certainly one of the best photographers of the 20th century.”

An accompanying retrospective ebook of her work Marilyn Stafford: A Lifestyle in Pictures will be offered from the shop.

The exhibition runs from June 10 to September 18.