Images of Joy Division‘s Ian Curtis, Blur, The Smiths, Pulp, Stone Roses and Oasis feature in Icons Of Pop, an exhibition of 50 British pop stars photographed by British photographers.
Many of the photos have previously appeared in NME and many of the photographers – such as Pennie Smith, Hamish Brown, Steve Gullick and Kevin Cummins – are presently or formerly NME freelancers.
The exhibition spans half a century of pop culture, with 50s images of Cliff Richard, Billy Fury and Adam Faith as well as 60s images of The Beatles, Stones and The Who, glam, punk and after.
The National Portrait Gallery is in St Martin’s Place W1 (nearest tube Charing Cross) and admission to the exhibition in the Photography Gallery is free.
The exhibition can also be seen on tour at the Canterbury Royal Museum & Art Gallery (February 18 – April 9 2000) and Exeter Royal Albert Memorial (April 15 – June 10 2000).