Ida Kar

William Turnbull, born 1929 (1955)

About this artwork

This portrait of the Dundee-born sculptor, William Turnbull (b. 1922), shows him surrounded by the plaster figures that would shortly earn him the reputation as one of the most significant young sculptors in Britain. Kar preferred to photograph artists in close proximity to their work and materials making the connection between the individual and the creative process quite obvious.

Ida Kar

Ida Kar

Ida Kar will be remembered as the photographer who did more than anyone else to raise the status of the profession in Britain during the two decades after the Second World War. In 1960 she staged a large retrospective of her portraits at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, one of the earliest one-person photography shows. Her portraiture of major artistic figures reflected her personal experience of bohemian circles in Paris and London. Although breaking new ground, Kar failed to integrate herself into the increasingly commercial photographic environment of the 1960s. She died in obscurity in a Bayswater bedsit in 1974.