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Music and the Émigré Photographers: Companions in Creativity

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Norbert Meyn chairs an online event in collaboration with the Insiders Outsiders Festival

on Sunday June 13, 2021 at 6pm.

Please book your free tickets here.

It is a striking fact that a significant number of the photographers who found refuge in Britain in the 1930s started their professional lives as musicians and/or made a speciality of taking pictures of musicians and composers, many of whom were personal friends. This event will not only reveal a rich array of musical images, many of them less well-known than they ought to be, but also evoke the deeply cultured milieu in which so many refugees from Nazism lived, both in their countries of origin and in the UK. Photographic historian Amanda Hopkinson will talk about her mother, photographer Gerti Deutsch as well as fellow Austrian-born photographer and friend of Gerti, Lotte Meitner-Graf. Cellist and photographer Julia Crockatt, daughter of composer Alexander Goehr, and granddaughter of conductor and composer Walter Goehr, will talk about her photographer grandmother Laelia Goehr, and picture editor and researcher, (formerly at Getty Images), Leon Meyer will consider the work of Czech-born photographer Erich Auerbach. Subjects include Janet Baker, Jaqueline du Pré, Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Igor Stravinsky. There will also be photos of Carl Ebert and Fritz Busch at Glyndebourne and Arturo Toscanini at the Salzburg Festival which have not been seen in public to date.

Fotos: Yehudi Menuhin in 1950 by Gerti Deutsch (Fotohof, with kind permission from Amanda Hopkinson)

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