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‘The Blind Musician and the Voyeurs’ - George Szirtes

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‘The Blind Musician and the Voyeurs’ - George Szirtes

Time: January 23, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Royal Philatelic Society
Street: 41 Devonshire Place
City/Town: London, United Kingdom, W1G 6JY
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Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Janine P Freeston Chair of the Historical Group of the Royal Photographic Society
Latest Activity: Jan 10

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As Robert Gurbo has been unable to deliver the Inaugural lecture of Photographic Collections in the Colin Ford lecture Series due to ill health  we will reschedule later this year. However, we are happy to announce that his place is being taken by Mr George Szirtes with a lecture entitled ‘The Blind Musician and the Voyeurs

Mr. Szirtes, as well as being a lover of Hungarian photography, is a distinguished writer, translator and poet. His poems include verses about André Kertész, and these and others of his poems will be read by the actors Stephen Thorne and Timothy West. His talk will particularly focus on Kertész and Károly Escher, with whom he has a strong family connection.


Mr. Szirtes contributed a chapter to the catalogue for the 2011 exhibition Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the Twentieth Century, curated by Colin Ford at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. He is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmith’s College, of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the Royal Society of Literature. As a journalist, he contributes to BBC radio and television, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent, and has won numerous awards and honours for his academic work and translations.


Colin Ford will introduce George Szirtes, to whom we are extremely grateful for agreeing to speak to us at such very short notice.

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