Place Published: London
Publisher: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
Date Published: 2004
Binding: No binding
Large silver gelatin photograph of Derek Walcott and Ben Okri by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, three-quarter length, both seated, smiling at one another. Douglas-Menzies' label on verso with details of the shoot, 128 Kensington Church Street, 2004.
Paper size: 15 x 13-1/2 inches
Image size: 10 x 10-1/2 inches
Provenance: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies. The Roy Davids Collection (Bonhams).
Derek Walcott was a Saint Lucia poet and playwright. The Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 was awarded to Derek Walcott. Some of his other honours also include a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, and, in 1988, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. He is an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He was recently named Knight Commander of the Order of St. Lucia.
Ben Okri is a Nigerian novelist, poet, and essayist.
His honors include an OBE, Italy’s Premio Palmi and Premio Grinzane Cavour, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster and the University of Essex. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Okri has served on the board of the Royal National Theatre and as vice president of the PEN International English Centre. He lives in London
Lucinda Douglas-Menzies (b. 1956) started her training as assistant to architectural photographer Jeremy Whitaker, and to Sydney Harris, press and public relations photographer. She then worked at Sotheby’s for five years as a catalogue photographer to the Chinese porcelain, silver and jewellery departments. In 1986 Douglas-Menzies opened her own studio, specializing in both fine art photography and portraiture and exhibited her first solo exhibition of portraits Luminaries in 1989. She has since worked on and exhibited themed groups of portraits notably Portraits of Astronomers (2009) and Portraits of South Asian Writers (2015). The National Portrait Gallery has 76 portraits in their collection. 2005 Portraits Cobbold and Judd, Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk. quoted from Lucinda Douglas-Menzies web site.
Fine. Item #7546