Jorge Lewinski Marlborough Downs, England
Medium Dye destruction print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1970s Print Date 1970s
Dimensions 15-1/8 x 19-3/8 in. (384 x 492 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country Poland
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Bright, rich colors on this wonderful and atmospheric landscape of farm land with a spot of trees on the horizon. Signed and titled on recto on mount below image. Also with photographer's stamp on verso. Some sun burn on the mount at bottom, but image totally unaffected.
Lewinski was born in Lwow, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1921. His youth was marked by the difficulties of survival under Russian occupation, resulting in internment and forced labor in Siberia. He was eventually drafted into the Polish army, serving with Allied forces in the Middle East, and was finally sent to Britain in 1942 to train in the RAF.
At the end of the war he chose to stay in Britain and has remained in his adoptive country ever since. Lewinski initially studied economics, and only began to practice photography as an amateur while working in business. But in 1966, having developed a name for himself through the portraiture of artists, he turned professional. Since then he has become the pre-eminent photographer of artists in Britain, although he is also known for his landscape photographs. Lewinski was Senior Lecturer at the London College of Printing from 1968 to 1982, and he is admired as both a teacher and writer on photography.
His work is in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London National Portrait Gallery, and the Museum of the University of California, Berkeley. He had a one-man show at the San Franciso Museum of Modern Art in 1967.
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