Peter Sellers exhibition comes to Eastbourne

Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera is on display at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne until March 6. Picture by Adrian Flowers SUS-160215-140311001

Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera is on display at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne until March 6. Picture by Adrian Flowers SUS-160215-140311001

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The Towner Gallery plays host to some of the most iconic figures from the 1960s this month with a collection of photographs by the actor Peter Sellers.

While best known for his work as a comic actor, Sellers was also a professional photographer – working on some of the era’s most famous celebrities.

The exhibition – which features 50 photos either taken by the actor or charting his photographic career – has been arranged by Sellers’s daughter Sarah and granddaughter Emily.

Emily Sellers said, “Gathering together his work has been quite moving at times. Looking at his negatives and putting myself in his place at the time of taking them has been a bit like retracing his steps.”

Sellers’s work features some of the most famous names of the 60s and 70s including Nanette Newman, Tessa Dahl, Ringo Starr, Liza Minelli and Sophia Loren.

The exhibition also features several photographs of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles with The Queen Mother, as well as Princess Margaret.

Several of the exhibits will be on sale at the show with any proceeds donated to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Peter Sellers’s son Michael, who died after suffering a heart attack in 2006.

Sarah, who now lives in Lewes, said, “I wanted to find a way to celebrate dad’s life, his family and his love of photography. Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera, organised in support of The British Heart Foundation, is the result.

“We really hope that the public enjoy it. We think it is something he would have been proud of.”

The work will be on display at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne from February 11 to March 6.

Sarah Sellers will be at the gallery every Wednesday until the show closes.

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