SELF portraits of a French photographer will go on display in Hexham this weekend.

Courtesy of the Hayward Touring Gallery, an exhibition of work, entitled Beneath this Mask, from female photographer Claude Cahun, who died aged 60 in 1954, will be in place in the Queen’s Hall from Saturday until March 9.

Cahun achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self portraits in which she assumed multiple personas. Her work has become iconic as it asked questions about gender and identity.

The Hexham exhibition will comprise of 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of Cahun’s original photographic self-portraits, as the majority of the negatives have been lost.

Born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym of Claude Cahun in 1917 with her new alias, gender ambiguous.

At the beginning of her career, she was aligned to the surrealist movement and was friends with French writer and poet André Breton; however, she distanced herself both politically and physically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation.

She then settled in Jersey where she embarked upon her defining photographic series.

The exhibition has been made possible through a collaboration between the Hayward Touring Gallery and Jersey Heritage. It was first presented at the Women of the World Festival 2015.

It will be spread over both Gallery One and Gallery Two in the Queen’s Hall. Members of the public will be able to view the photographs between 10am and 5pm during the week, and between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays.