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Publications: Stefan Lorant - two new publications

Two new publications on Stefan Lorant are published on 1 October in hardback editions. Paperback editions will follow early in 2014. 

  • Stefan Lorant: Never a Dull Moment  /  Michael Hallett
    The biography, Stefan Lorant: Godfather of Photojournalism (Scarecrow Press, 2006. Hardback, 240pp. ISBN 0-8108-5682-4) was always seen as the first of three books. It is only now, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the publication of Picture Post that Never a Dull Moment and A Hungarian in England will reach a public.
  • Stefan Lorant: A Hungarian in England  /  Michael Hallett
    A Hungarian in England is the story of Stefan Lorant's life in England from 1934 to 1940, where he created and edited Weekly IllustratedLilliput and Picture Post. This unique working collaboration between Lorant and the author was originally expected to provide as a small 64-page publication. That never happened in Lorant's lifetime. Only now, this 2013 edition reinstates original and unpublished material, adding a postscript on the aftermath and implications of Lorant’s time in England that was played out between 1940 and 1982.

Stefan Lorant’s life spanned the twentieth century and he is the acknowledged ‘godfather of photojournalism’. He was concerned with language, both verbal and visual, and was one of the greatest storytellers of his time, having worked as filmmaker, journalist, a literary and picture editor, and recently as an author and biographer.

He edited the Münchner Illustrierte Presse in Germany, Pesti Napló magazine in Hungary, and created and edited Weekly Illustrated, Lilliput and Picture Post in England, publishing work of the early photojournalists.  He was acquainted with political figures of the century including Hitler, Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy, and knew Marlene Deitrich, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe amongst others.

Anybody who met Stefan Lorant, even just in passing, could not remain ambivalent. Lorant was a chameleon, maverick and an inspiration. He reflected: ‘I wanted to have a life where I left a tiny little scratch on the world.’ Through the legacy of his work we have all been touched by this combative, contradictory, complex and charismatic man.  

My edited diaries, made between 1991 and 1999 are the record of our seven-year conversation. There was never a dull moment...

Stefan Lorant: Never a Dull Moment is published in October 2013 by Henwick Hill Press and will be available as a 'library edition'. (Henwick Hill Press, 2013. Hardback, 346pp. ISBN 978-0-9561570-2-7). 

Stefan Lorant: A Hungarian in England will be published in October 2013 by Henwick Hill Press and available as a 'library edition'. (Henwick Hill Press, 2013. Hardback, pp166.)

Library editions are only available directly from the author who may be contacted at Prices on request. See: 

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