Sunday Times Magazine 50 Years @Cube

The Sunday Times Magazine will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special free exhibition.

By Matthew Tyas | April 10th '12

The Sunday Times Magazine will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special free exhibition. The exhibition’s regional tour will be launching at CUBE on Thursday 11th April following a hugely successful run at the Saatchi Gallery in London, which attracted over 160,000 visitors and had to be extended twice due to popular demand.

Sunday Times magazine

This exhibition 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.

…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.

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 Celebrates 50 Years
Cube Gallery
Wednesday 11 April – Tuesday 24 April
Mon-Fri: 10 – 6pm
Saturday: 10 -6pm
Sunday: closed