Isle of Wight What's On Guide: 2023 Events OnTheWight

Larry Ellis: A Retrospective

23 Feb – 30 May


Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
PO40 9QE

01983 756 814

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Larry Ellis: A Retrospective


Larry ellis exhibition poster 2023

Dimbola's first exhibition of 2023 is a Retrospective of Fleet Street legend Larry Ellis, which includes iconic images from big stars such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Cary Grant, Joan Collins, Johnny Depp, Tina Turner and more. In 1963 Larry Ellis performed a dual role for the Express Newspaper group whereby he’d shoot celebrities for the Daily Express during the week and would then switch to sports coverage over the weekend for the Sunday Express – predominantly football, rugby, golf and cricket.

Throughout his career he covered a multitude of assignments all over the world, often touring with the stars themselves and accompanying performers such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their travels. Ellis was also assigned many film and television location shoots and during his time with the Daily Express covered a wide variety of movies including the James Bond films. David White, vice chair of trustees at Dimbola, said: “Having worked freelance for Fleet Street newspapers myself, I became closely acquainted with Larry, having the privilege to be one of the photographers exhibiting in the 2019 exhibition. “Knowing the collection of images he had produced over the years, it was an obvious choice to arrange a one man retrospective show of his work.

Now in his 90s, after living in retirement on the Island, Ellis has recently moved to Surrey to be near his family. The last exhibition of his work appeared along with four other Fleet Street photographers at Dimbola in 2019. The exhibition runs until the 14th May.

Dimbola was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a museum and galleries dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe and permanent Isle of Wight Festival exhibitions, old and new.

We are open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm until March 7days a week 10am-5pm from April, last admission 30 mins before closing. We are an independent charitable Trust and receive no government funding. Your donations, shop sales and admission helps support the museum's work.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm until March 7days a week 10am-5pm from April, last admission 30 mins before closing. Normal admission rates apply please check

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