Photography and Art

Press Release: The Sunday Times Magazine 50th Exhibition

22 March 2012


The Sunday Times Magazine takes its smash-hit 50th anniversary exhibition to galleries across the UK

Exhibition includes work from some of the biggest names in the photography and writing world


The Sunday Times Magazine will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with three special free exhibitions at galleries in Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham

The regional tour follows a hugely successful run at The Saatchi Gallery in London during February and March, which attracted around 200,000 visitors and was extended twice due to popular demand.

The exhibition, which opens at Paintworks, Bristol on Saturday 24 March, Cube, Manchester on Wednesday 11 April and Waterhall, Birmingham on Tuesday 22 May, will showcase images from some of the world’s finest photographers who have worked for the Magazine over the years. Photographers featured include Don McCullin, David Bailey, Eve Arnold, Snowdon, Richard Avedon, Eugene Richards, Sam Taylor-Wood, Terry O'Neill, Chris Floyd and Stuart Franklin.

The exhibition will also highlight the contribution made to the Magazine by renowned writers such as Ian Fleming, Martin Amis, Bruce Chatwin, Jilly Cooper, Zoe Heller, James Fox and Nicholas Tomalin.

In February 1962, The Sunday Times launched the Magazine – the UK’s first colour newspaper supplement. “My God, this is going to be a disaster,” groaned Roy Thomson, the then owner of The Sunday Times. Newspapers in those days were dull dogs and the idea of putting a colourful magazine with a paper was seen as barmy.

Mark Boxer, the first editor of the Magazine, later recalled, “A curious truth soon emerged: readers liked it – so much so that about a quarter of a million new readers were attracted to the newspaper.” It was not only part of Swinging London, it helped to create the 1960s spirit. It was also great fun.

From the outset, the Magazine was innovative, enthralling readers with the peerless quality of its writing and photojournalism, while offering advertisers the opportunity to pitch their wares in full colour to a new generation of consumers.

Fifty years later, and much emulated, the Magazine continues to innovate. With its unique Spectrum photography section, the Magazine remains the first port of call for the world’s best photographers and photojournalists.

Sarah Baxter, editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, said, “We’re still here and producing the most exciting journalism and photography in the business. I grew up with The Sunday Times Magazine and am proud to be continuing a glorious tradition.”

The Sunday Times Magazine 50th Anniversary Exhibition will be showing at:

Paintworks, Bristol from Saturday 24 March to Tuesday 3 April. Entry is free. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Cube, Manchester from Wednesday 11 April to Tuesday 24 April. Entry is free. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Waterhall, Birmingham from Tuesday 22 May to Saturday 2 June. Entry is free. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.


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