by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from original negative, 1978
12 3/8 in. x 17 7/8 in. (315 mm x 453 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Mayotte Magnus (1934-), Photographer; wife of Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski. Artist of 82 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Magnus’s use of reflections in this portrait alludes to Lijn’s scientific approach and interest in the nature of light. Photographed in her studio with artworks Waveguide, Threes, First Figure of Light and Second Figure of Light, Lijn was preparing for the Hayward Annual (1978). This included a substantial majority of women artists co-selected by Lijn, who commented ‘we weren’t part of a feminist group but doing this has made us one.’
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's studio, 99 Camden Mews, London)
Events of 1978back to top
Current affairsThe country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, petrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.
Art and scienceLouise Brown from Oldham in Greater Manchester becomes the world's first 'test-tube baby'. The 'in vitro' fertilisation procedure was a scientific breakthrough that has given thousands of infertile couples the opportunity to conceive.
Iris Murdoch wins the Booker prize with her novel. The Sea, the Sea.