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Carinthia West

Carinthia West

Carinthia West is a photographer and journalist, whose credits include Marie-Claire, Harper's and Queen, Harper's Bazaar, Tatler, the LA Weekly, The Independent, The Telegraph, Saga and US magazines, covering travel, lifestyle, humour and (her least favourite subject!) the celebrity interview.... she has been friends of some of the 20th century's greatest names from music, film and society.  Anjelica Huston, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Ronnie Wood, Robin Williams, Paul Getty Jnr, Neil Young, Helen Mirren, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, James Taylor, King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, and these names are just a few of those she photographed at both casual, private, intimate and poignant moments in their lives. 

 

As a model and actress, she was photographed by the likes of David Bailey, Patrick Lichfield, and Mario Testino, appearing in everything from award-winning fashion editorials to album covers.  She also appeared in various films, including the BBC’s Crime and Punishment with John Hurt, John Cassavette’s Husbands and the classic Beatles parody, The Rutles, All You Need is Cash, starring George Harrison, Mick & Bianca Jagger, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Belushi and other Saturday Night Live cast members. 

 

Her black and white photographic stills of the inflatable pig 'Algy' (the actual album cover devised by Hipgnosis for Pink Floyd's Animals album 1976) have appeared in several international exhibitions including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, along with forty other images in her archival collection entitled 'Hanging Out'. Most recently, seven of Carinthia's images of this historic shoot, hang in the Victoria and Albert's Pink Floyd exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains'  until October 2017, after which it will travel to Rome, New York, and other cities.

 

'Hanging Out' (aka 'An Affectionate Archive' ) is soon to be the subject of both a book and documentary. As Muse magazine writes; "she was a free spirit, blissfully unaware that she was candidly recording icons and iconic moments of the times,", or as another Rolling Stone,  guitarist Ronnie Wood,  put it "Carinthia took photos while we were getting on with our lives"....

 

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