Marilyn Stafford: A Life in Photography

22 February to 8 May 2022

This exhibition has now ended.

Admission payable

This retrospective exhibition of US born Sussex based photographer, Marilyn Stafford encompasses the most comprehensive display of the photographer’s work to date. Works come from an international archive spanning four decades and include celebrity portraits, fashion shoots, street photography, humanitarian stories and newspaper reportage.

Marilyn Stafford’s photography career got off to a remarkable start when she was invited, as a young woman, to take stills of Albert Einstein. Since then, she has accumulated an eclectic body of work, spanning from 1948-1980, including further portraits of famous and influential figures such as Édith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mulk Raj Anand, Indira Gandhi, Albert Finney, Twiggy and Joanna Lumley. She has also photographed many ordinary people like the illiterate Sicilian peasant woman, Francesca Serio, who took the Mafia to trial for murdering her son.

Model in ready-to-wear, having fun at the end of the fashion shoot, Louvre, Paris, c1955 © Marilyn Stafford

The exhibition also includes a range of ephemera from Stafford’s archive, cameras and original cuttings, recordings of her speaking about her life and work and an additional display of silver gelatin prints.

A Life in Photography is curated by Nina Emett in collaboration with Marilyn Stafford’s daughter Lina Clerke.

Find out more about Marilyn Stafford.

Admission to the museum and Marilyn Stafford exhibition

Brighton & Hove resident Adult £3.50 (Proof of adult residence required at museum entrance. Applies only to those living in postcodes BN1, BN2, BN3 or BN41 and students studying at Brighton or Sussex University).

Brighton & Hove resident Child FREE

Non-resident Adult £9.70
Non-resident Child (5-18) £3.60

Family tickets
2 adults with up to 2 children £23
1 adult with up to 2 children £13.30

Book tickets online in advance or purchase on the door (subject to availability)


An accompanying book and other items can be purchased from the Museum shop and from the online shop.


The app

A free web app is available to accompany this exhibition. Listen to Marilyn tell the story behind some of the featured photographs, and enjoy a Spotify soundtrack inspired by the display. It also features audio descriptions of five of the key photos in the gallery.

The app can be used on any phone which can access the web and does not need to be downloaded. Although designed for use in the gallery, you can enjoy it at home as a taster for the exhibition.

If you are planning on using it in the museum, please bring along a pair of headphones.

• Marilyn Stafford on the Brighton Museum companion app