A collection of works by renowned photographer Jorge Lewinski are to be exhibited at London’s Charing Cross Hospital.
Jorge Lewinski: Portraits of Artists comprises 25 portraits of British artists, photographed by Lewinski over four decades.
During the course of his artistic career, Lewinski captured more than 300 artists, film makers and fashion designers through his photographs. Among the images in the new exhibition on loan from the Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth are portraits of Francis Bacon, Anthony Gormley and L.S. Lowry.
His work has been displayed internationally and, since 2002, has been under the ownership of the Earl of Burlington, son of the Duke of Devonshire and is held at Chatsworth, in Derbyshire.
It is being brought to Charing Cross by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity as part of its Art in Focus programme of exhibitions across Imperial College Healthcare Trust.
Rosemary Harris, art curator at the charity, said: “We are delighted to be working with Lord Burlington in bringing to the hospital the loan of a selection of works by Jorge Lewinski, one of the twentieth century’s leading photographers. Lewinski’s portraits of great British artists will undoubtedly be an inspiration to those visiting and working in the hospital.”
Lewinski, who died in 2008, favoured black and white photography, focusing on the way in which his subjects interacted with their environment, and often returned to photograph the same person over a number of years.
Among his most renowned pieces are portraits of the fashion designer Mary Quant, the stylist Vidal Sassoon and the film director, Ken Loach.
The Imperial College Healthcare Charity manages more than 1,600 pieces of art which are displayed at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals. The charity aims to create a therapeutic environment for healing through its exhibitions and patient/staff workshops. Among the charity’s collection are works by Gillian Ayres, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and Paul Huxley.
The Lewinski exhibition is free and open to the public. It runs until May 2013 and is located in the main entrance on the ground floor of Charing Cross Hospital, in Fulham Palace Road, London.