Gus Franklyn-Bute Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Lichfield’s Caribbean at The Little Black Gallery, London until 07 Dec 13
LAGOON BEACH,MUSTIQUE, 1987 | © Patrick Lichfield, Courtesy The Little Black Gallery, London
The Little Black Gallery is proud to present Patrick Lichfield’s Caribbean from 29 October – 7 December 2013. This is the first exhibition of Lichfield’s Caribbean images, many unpublished, representing all genres of Lichfield’s photography: landscape, portraiture, fashion and nudes. It follows the internationally acclaimed exhibition Patrick Lichfield: Nudes at The Little Black Gallery in 2012.
- BOY LEAPING INTO SEA, JAMAICA, 1967 | © Patrick Lichfield, Courtesy The Little Black Gallery, London
Patrick Lichfield (1939 – 2005) was an internationally renowned photographer who worked for all the major magazines. Starting his career after leaving the army as a photographer’s assistance earning GB£3.00. The son of Viscount Anson and Princess Anne of Denmark – the 5th Earl of Lichfield, and cousin to the Queen, Lichfield began to make a name for himself by snapping his celebrity and high society friends, even Mick and Bianca Jagger on their wedding day.
His major career break came when he was summoned by Diana Vreeland, the doyenne of fashion editors, to photograph the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, while they were in exile, which led to being awarded a five year contract with American Vogue. In 1981 he was appointed official photographer at the wedding of his cousin The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. One of his most iconic images was the the naked shot of African-American singer and novelist Marsha Hunt, replete in her beautifully coiffured afro for her part as “Dionne” in the rock musical ‘Hair’ Patrick Lichfield’s pictures were exhibited around the world, and he published several books during his glittering career. The National Portrait Gallery dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the first twenty years of his work in 2002.
- POLICEMAN ON BIKE, BERMUDA, 1967 | © Patrick Lichfield, Courtesy The Little Black Gallery, London
Patrick Lichfield’s Caribbean retrospective at The Little Black Gallery is poigniant then, as just like the late Princess Margaret, he established a home in the stunning Caribbean location of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the island of Mustique, a long established escape of the rich and famous – Lichfield first visited Mustique in the mid-1960s. He spent a considerable amount of time visiting the Caribbean islands and this archpelego provided the backdrop for many commissions – Cuba was the unprecedented location for the 1994 Unipart Calendar.
In a 2005 article by The Guardian newspaper, said of Patrick Lichfield he is ‘no technophobe, enthusiastically espousing digital photography. His technical proficiency and industriousness, if not innovation or originality, earned him recognition in the trade. He was made a fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and a member of the Royal Photographic Society.’
BRITANNIA BAY, LOOKING TOWARDS BEQUIA, MUSTIQUE, 1987 | © Patrick Lichfield, Courtesy The Little Black Gallery, London
Patrick Lichfield’s Caribbean is on show at The Little Black Gallery until 7th December, and these must have limited edition prints are certainly worth serious consideration for any collection.
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