Public Faces Private Places: Portraits of Artists 1956-2008

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"Sandra Lousada grew up amidst a circle of actors, writers and artists. Her grandfather was the writer and politician A. P. Herbert; her mother was stage designer Jocelyn Herbert; Jocylyn's partner, George Devine, founded the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre; and near neighbours were the Redgrave family. Since childhood she has had privileged access to the worlds of literature, the arts, the theatre and film. Surrounded by this wealth of diverse talents, she searched for a language of her own; by the late 1950s she had found it, ...

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"Sandra Lousada grew up amidst a circle of actors, writers and artists. Her grandfather was the writer and politician A. P. Herbert; her mother was stage designer Jocelyn Herbert; Jocylyn's partner, George Devine, founded the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre; and near neighbours were the Redgrave family. Since childhood she has had privileged access to the worlds of literature, the arts, the theatre and film. Surrounded by this wealth of diverse talents, she searched for a language of her own; by the late 1950s she had found it, in photography." This book is a compilation of photographs drawn from a career spanning over half a century, capturing Lousada's insider view of figures including Laurence Oliver and Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Christie, Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Henry Moore and David Hockney. It also includes images from her work as a photographer of children, and from her career in advertising and as a fashion and beauty photographer working for magazines such as Harpers & Queen, Tatler and Vogue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711230491
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 10.16 (w) x 12.18 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    candid, natural photographs of English film and theater people

    From an artistic family and living and working in an artistic milieu, Lousada is naturally in sympathy with artists. She intuitively understands them--their psychology, their situation, their means of presenting themselves to connect with others.

    Lousada's photographs are the opposite of publicity photographs. Many of them are candid. But even the ones showing film or theaters actors in performances overcome the usual distance between performer and spectator as relative close-ups, the lightly noir-like shadings and contrasts of the black-and-white, and scenes that are not much dramatic. The individuals are mostly English artists of various levels of recognition. One sees Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney, and Rex Harrison; but most are not so well known, are known mainly to theater and film devotees. Succinct captions denote the subject, the location, and the date. Not a glossy catalog of celebrities nor a photojournalism compilation, Lousada's observant photographs are more artful than they first appear. Photographing celebrities and actors so that no trace of putting them on a pedestal nor commercialization of them inhere in the photographs requires a special eye and artistic composure--both of which Lousada has.

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