Internationally acclaimed photographer John Swannell, whose commissions have included portraits of members of the Royal Family, fashion icons, politicians and international celebrities, will be giving an illustrated talk – My Photos Now and Then – on Thursday, February 23 at 7.30pm at The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS.
The talk is in aid of the National Autistic Society’s Transforming Lives Project. Tickets cost £20 including a glass of wine and are available from www.autism.org.uk/johnswannell telephone 0870 233 4040. Space is limited so early booking is advised.
Born in 1946, John Swannell left school at sixteen to work as an assistant at Vogue Studios. He worked for David Bailey from 1969 to 1973 before establishing his own studio. He has travelled the world on fashion assignments for all the leading international fashion magazines. His portrait sitters include HRH The Princess Royal, singer Susan Boyle, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Victoria Beckham, actress Sienna Miller and countless other luminaries of stage and screen.
He has published numerous books including ’I’m still standing’ (2002) and ‘Nudes 1978-2006’ (2006). John lives in Highgate and has produced a beautiful book on Highgate Cemetery. In 2011 The National Portrait Gallery had a six month exhibition of his work. and his photographs are in the collections at the V & A, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Photographic Society.
John Swannell’s talk on February 23 will be an opportunity to see a personal collection of his work and hear fascinating stories of his travels around the world and extraordinary career.
John and Marianne Swannell were inspired to launch the Transforming Lives Project by their 22 year old son who has Asperger syndrome. The project aims to help support autistic individuals and their families through the transition phase of their lives – from child to adult. This phase has been notoriously problematic for individuals with autism because there are frequently gaps in the system, agencies do not communicate with each other, care plans sometimes don’t exist at all. Money raised for the project will enable The National Autistic Society to develop training and support related to transition and share it with the professionals involved with the autistic individual The project also hopes to empower parents through knowledge of the latest research.
Even if you can’t come to the talk you can make a donation to The Transforming Lives Project www.autism.org.uk/johnswannell.
Tickets for John’s talk are available from Le Chocolatier, 78 Highgate High Street, London N6 5HX (personal callers only) or you can purchase them from The Autistic Society website.