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Editors in frame for Vanity Fair portrait
12 UK national newspaper editors for a photograph to be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery
Vanity Fair has assembled 12 of the UK's national newspaper editors for a photograph to be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

The magazine and the gallery commissioned legendary photographer Lord Snowdon to take the portrait late last year at the Holborn studios, central London.

It is to be shown in the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008, which opens next week, and will also be used in the magazine's March edition, out tomorrow.

Among the editors featured are the Daily Mirror's Richard Wallace, Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, the Financial Times' Lionel Barber and the Daily Telegraph's Will Lewis.

Among the Sunday newspaper editors present are Tina Weaver of the Sunday Mirror, the Sunday Times' John Witherow and the Sunday Telegraph's Ian MacGregor.

The Times' Robert Thomson managed to make the photoshoot just before he took up a new job as publisher of the Wall Street Journal in New York, meaning his successor James Harding just missed out.

Conversely, the Observer's John Mulholland made the lineup even though his predecessor, Roger Alton, was still editing the Sunday paper at the time the picture was taken.

All of Fleet Street's newspaper groups are represented, apart from the Associated Newspapers and Independent News and Media.

The Daily Mail's Paul Dacre and the Independent's Simon Kelner are absent, as are their Sunday colleagues, Peter Wright and the now departed Tristan Davies, respectively.

Nor is there any sign of the Sun's Rebekah Wade, even though her Sunday counterpart, Colin Myler of the News of the World, does feature.

And, despite the presence of Peter Hill and Martin Townsend from the Express titles, their colleagues from the Daily Star and its Sunday edition - Dawn Neeson and Gareth Morgan - are not there either.

The other national newspaper not represented is the People, which has been without a permanent editor since Mark Thomas stepped down in November.

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008, sponsored by Burberry, opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on Thursday February 14. Ticket bookings on 0870 013 0703; The exhibition tours to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, from June 14 to September 21.

Text by The Guardian, UK

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