Portraits of 20th century British artists through the lens of Jorge Lewinski

Date and time:

Tuesday 27 October
6pm – 7.15pm
Price: £10

Mario Testino and David Bailey may be household names that spring to mind when we think of the great fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. But where does Jorge Lewinski’s reputation lie amongst these significant individuals? Have you heard of him? 

Join Art Historian, Pamela Campbell Johnston, for an intriguing and entertaining hour as she explores fabulous portraits of some of Britain’s best-known artists.

Jorge Lewinksi, born in Lwow, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1921, has an unchallenged reputation for capturing portraits of iconic British Painters and Sculptors of the 20th century. Having based his home and career in London from 1942, Lewinski photographed over 300 leading British artists principally between 1962 and 1995. We learn about his prolific career; what made the photographer and how significant are his photographs in revealing the character of each sitter as both a person and as an artist?

With an unapologetic focus on 20th century Royal Academicians in particular, although by no means exclusive, this lecture considers Lewinski’s portraits of a selection of great 20th century British artists such as David Hockney, Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Allen Jones, Michael Craig-Martin and Barbara Hepworth. Through the work of Lewinski, we can also explore the artistic contributions that these painters and sculptors have made/are making to the British art scene.

Mrs Pamela Campbell-Johnston 
MA Hons Art History, St Andrew’s University. Over 20 years of lecturing experience to undergraduates, adult groups, and to Friends and Patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Adult Education Department’s programme of events. Also conducted numerous guided tours and focused gallery talks on individual works of art. Specialises in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art. Over 12 years’ experience at the Royal Academy. Work experience also undertaken at Bonhams, Art Loss Register, National Trust. Now a freelance art consultant and lecturer. Recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.


Image credits: Portrait images of Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney – photographs by Jorge Lewinski (image from private collection)

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Price: £10
Time: 6pm – 7.15pm
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