Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Who doesn’t love Audrey? Her beauty and unique style have been captured in many photographs throughout her lifetime. More than seventy photographs were brought together for the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery dedicated to the icon, along with magazine covers and film stills.

I’ve put together my own collection here of my favourite images from the exhibition, as well as some more that I’ve discovered whilst putting this post together.

Audrey by Norman Parkinson
Coyly glancing at the camera in a Givenchy dress; Audrey by Norman Parkinson, 1955

I know it’s been used time and time again, but I’ll never get enough of the above photograph by Norman Parkinson – especially the colours.

berthardy
Audrey Hepburn at London’s Kew Gardens by Bert Hardy. May 13, 1950.

Mark Shaw was a noted fashion and portrait photographer, and this collection of Audrey on the set of Sabrina, as well as in her flat, show his indisputable talent – they are just so natural and intimate:

Audrey on the set of Sabrina
Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey Hepburn 1954 © 2000 Mark Shaw
Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.

“Audrey is the most intriguingly childish, adult, feminine tomboy I have ever photographed; she is many women wrapped up in one.” – Mark Shaw

One of many magazine covers of Audrey – again, I love the pink colours in this image, with the over-the-shoulder pose combining ‘glamour and intrigue’:

Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.
A reflective moment before filming Funny Face: Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.

“Intensity, I suppose, is her particular quality and her particular success. Beauty is combined with an insatiable appetite for life and for work, too.” – Yousuf Karsh

Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern
Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern

And, finally, I adore this photograph of a life-long friendship:

A life long friendship - Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.
Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.

“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”

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