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Athol SHMITH | Vivien Leigh

 
SHMITH, Athol
Australia 1914 – 1990
Vivien Leigh 1948
gelatin silver photograph, colour dyes
printed image 39.3 (h) x 31.7 (w) cm
not signed, dated verso, u.l., "1948"
Purchased 1986
NGA 1986.1701
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‘A very beautiful lady, I had no idea of the troubles she was going through when I took this portrait of her, dressed for her part in the Old Vic’s production of Richard III. I photographed her during the performance in her dressing room at the Princess Theatre. It was a tiny room which did not even have the usual star on the door. I managed to blow a fuse and the electrical director was furious; he came charging into the room, yelling at us — she was very apologetic and rather unnerved by him. For this photograph I used what is known as an ‘inky dinky light’ with a piece of tracing paper in front to diffuse it.’ (Shmith)

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