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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.)
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