Photographs by Jorge Lewinski, 1962-81
34 Portraits in set
Jorge Lewinski was born in Poland in 1921, and arrived in Britain in 1942 to serve with the RAF. While studying economics in London, Lewinski took up photography as an amateur. In 1962, he started photographing leading British artists. The subjects of this collection include eminent style-makers of the time from Mary Quant wearing one of her minidresses to the Observer journalist Katharine Whitehorn shown typing her influential and opinion-forming column. Other more contemplative portrait studies include author Brigid Brophy and photographer Ida Kar. The effervescent actress Diana Rigg, Olympic athlete Lillian Board, jazz singer Cleo Laine and the academic Elizabeth Chilver provide additional lustre to the group of subjects that Lewinski chose to portray in this eventful era that turned a brighter spotlight on women's achievements.