Review: Talk by Peter Lavery

Marlburians and members of the College community were very lucky to hear one of Britain’s most eminent and skilled photographers, Peter Lavery, give a talk at the College about his inspiring career within the world of art and photography, including his most important personal project‘Circus Works’.

Peter introduced the audience to his unique portfolio of images by showing a short video clip about his photographic processes when working with the circus. This was followed by a slide show of highly creative photography, originally made for his commercial work, including commissions for The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer and The Independent and for such periodicals as Vogue, Tatler, World of Interiors, GQ, Country Life and Fortune. Peter shared with the audience not only his colourful and meaningful photographs, but also some incredible, and in some cases dangerous, stories about him undertaking these commercial commissions.

During the second half of the talk, Peter emphasised the importance of the circus in his life and the two anniversaries: 250 years of the Circus’s invention in Britain and the 50th year that Peter has been photographing circus life. Therefore, the students could also see the changes in technology and in Peter’s style of photography, in terms of colour, technique, perspectives and expressions.

The abundance of questions at the close of Peter’s talk reiterated how fascinated we all were in his outstanding photographic career. We are very grateful to Peter for inspiring us.

Review by Nicole Egorova (EL L6)

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