Over the past 40 years Boleslaw Lutoslawski has photographed many of the greatest figures in the arts in Europe, spanning the worlds of music, literature, dance and theatre. Arriving in London from his native Poland in 1980, he was immediately absorbed into the capital’s fast-moving cultural scene, taking portraits of the likes of Glenda Jackson, Tom Stoppard, Bill Brandt, Philip King, Ernst Gombrich, Peter Hall, Tambimuttu, George Martin, Marina Warner, Claes Oldenburg, Lucy Burge, Paloma Picasso, Helaine Blumenfeld, Richard Rogers, John Peel, Anthony Caro, Simon Callow, James Bonas on assignments for Vogue, The Independent, Newsweek, The Illustrated London News, BBC and Harper’s & Queen among others.
Photographer Boleslaw Lutoslawski
"It a question of getting your subject to relax, getting to know them and then catching them just at the right moment"
His work, however, is not constrained by time or place. And it has absolutely nothing to do with fashion. Instead, it results from a moment of special affinity, a kind of spiritual kinship, between two different personalities – the photographer and sitter.
Listen to the podcast Arts Round Up Episode 29