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Born to Dutch parents, Al Vandenberg (1932-2012) grew up near Boston, USA with an English foster family. He served in the Korean War as part of the American military and later attended art school in Boston and New York.  Having studied photography alongside Bruce Davidson, Alexey Brodovitch and Richard Avedon, Vandenberg became a successful commercial photographer and art director working in both New York and London during the 1960s. In 1967 he was involved in the art direction of The Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. After a period of travelling, Vandenberg settled in London in 1974 with the aim of using his photographic skills to create portraits of city life without a commercial agenda. He continued to travel in later life, creating street portraits in America, South East Asia and China alongside his photographs of Londoners taken throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.427-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.427-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.423-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.423-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.426-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.426-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.431-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.431-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.422-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.422-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.430-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.430-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Al Vandenberg, 'High Street  Kensington', 1976, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.432-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'High Street  Kensington', 1976, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.432-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.434-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.434-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Al Vandenberg,  'Kentish Town', 1974, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.424-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Kentish Town', 1974, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.424-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.425-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.425-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.428-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.428-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg,  'Kings Road', 1975, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.433-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg,  'Kings Road', 1975, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.433-2010.© The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.435-2010.  © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.435-2010.  © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.436-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Al Vandenberg, 'Untitled', 1970s, from the series 'On a Good Day'. Museum no. E.436-2010. © The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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