Anthony Caro, 1967. Photograph by Jorge Lewinski. © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth.

LONDON - The New Situation: Art in London in the Sixties, curated by Sotheby’s and the legendary gallerist Kasmin, has afforded the opportunity to see rare vintage photographs by Jorge Lewinski both in the gallery and catalogue for those who have not been able to make it the New Bond Street.


Joe Tilson, 1963. Photograph by Jorge Lewinski. © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth.

Considered one of the most distinguished photographers of his generation, Lewinski photographed artists at work in their studios using their own work as a background. Through this photographic documentary of artists at work he captured the essence of the art scene of ‘Swinging London.’ As well as established figures, including David Hockney and Sir Anthony Caro, he chose to photograph artists who were not so well known, but who are rightly being reappraised in this exhibition, including Bernard Cohen and Nicholas Monro.

Eduardo Paolozzi, 1963. Photograph by Jorge Lewinski. © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth.

Lewinski’s unique skill was to create a sense of drama and tension in his photographs as he drew out the character of the artist in his working environment, whether it is Eduardo Paolozzi moodily hugging his sculpture or Joe Tilson casually leaning against a painting with his studio detritus around him. Gillian Ayres is caught poised by a tin of emulsion paint, cigarette in hand whilst her cat sleeps on the nearby chair. Lewinski commented that he wished to “achieve a deeper kind of portrait – portraits which not only describe a person but give the viewer an insight into the imaginative world of each sitter.”