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To mark the publication of “The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover”, Ian Collins, who edited the collection together with Olivia Stewart, will give an illustrated presentation to be followed by a Q&A session.
Joan Leigh Fermor (1912-2003) was one of the finest photographers of her time. Although hailed and hired by John Betjeman and Cyril Connolly from the 1930s, and a remarkable recorder of the London Blitz, she most excelled in pictures of unspoilt Greece taken between 1945 and 1960 as visual notes and with no thought of publication. What emerges in her wide-ranging work is an eye of immense subtlety and empathy. Her vision is both intimate in portraiture and architecture, and panoramic in landscape, and most firmly focused in an abiding love of Greece. The archive of 5,000 images is now in the National Library of Scotland.
Ian Collins is an art writer and curator. He has recently staged exhibitions at the British Museum and Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.
Olivia Stewart was a close friend of Joan and Paddy Leigh Fermor and is Literary Executor for the Paddy Leigh Fermor Estate and Co-Trustee for the PJLF Arts Fund.
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