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Face at the National

By Emiko Priest on Thursday, 9th August 2001.

THE most famous face in Haverhill will now be seen by people from around the world.

The Face of 2000, a digitally-created image from photographs of 2,000 Haverhill residents, has found a home in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

More than a million visitors over the course of a year could see the picture.

The image is situated at the start of an exhibition called The Beautiful and the Damned.

Roger Hargreaves, curator of the exhibition, said: "We are using the Face of 2000 as a modern counterpoint to the work in the exhibition as the photograph was produced using different methods and high-technology equipment.

"People are very caught by the image and are curious about it. The caption with information is purposefully placed slightly away from the image but many people search this out to find more."

The exhibition features work by 19th century portrait photographers and explores the creation of identity and the social significance of the face.

A composite picture made from photographs of one family is displayed and was created by Frances Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin.

But it is probably the first time that 2000 people have all appeared in one picture.

Nick Keeble, Arts and Leisure manager for Haverhill Town Council, helped develop the idea for the project. He was thrilled by the news.

"It is fantastic that a project made in Haverhill and featuring so many Haverhill people is now in the National Portrait Gallery," he said.

"Hopefully people who were photographed may take the opportunity to visit the gallery over the summer I know that I will!"

CAPTION: On show ... the face of Haverhill hangs in the famous London gallery.

Haverhill Weekly News

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