The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor

Ian Collins & Olivia Stewart

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Elusive, enigmatic and beautiful, Joan Leigh Fermor (1914-2003) was also 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. The scale of her achievement was only discovered after death in 2003. What emerges in her wide-ranging work is an eye of immense subtlety and empathy, as well as an entire absence of ego. The artist’s ease is reciprocated in the faces of Cretan shepherds, Meteoran monastics and Macedonian bear tamers. Her vision is intimate in portraiture and architecture, panoramic in landscape and most firmly focused in an abiding love of Greece. The archive of 5,000 images now in the National Library of Scotland — and partly introduced in this monograph — reveals, at long last, a 20th-century photographer of significance. 298pp

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ISBN:9781910376942
Binding:Hard cover

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OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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