Our photographer will be covering all concerts at the 2013 season of BBC Proms. Contact us in advance for specific Proms and visit www.lebrecht.co.uk for photographs of musicians and conductors. Please see attached some sample images of this year’s key performers.
ENO’s (English National Opera) stunning poster and promotional image for its production of Handel’s Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare at the end of 2012 was based on a rare Lebrecht Music & Arts photo. The photo of Lawrence Zazzo in the title role was taken by Daniel Gonzalez Acuna at the Maestranza Theatre, Seville. Our breadth of coverage enables us to maintain our position as the number one specialist library for music.
Lebrecht Music & Arts image used on the cover of bestseller book HHhH by Laurent Binet was one of the highly commended designs at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012.
Love is in the air at Lebrecht! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re taking you on a visual tour of love through the ages, from two lovers walking through the snow in eighteenth-century Japan to intimate moments captured on camera in 1930s Paris.
Click HERE to see some of our favourite romantic pictures.
Lebrecht photographer, Professor Mary Robert’s exhibition of photographs opened at Michigan State University Museum on 21st January about The Transgender Community of Istanbul.
An exhibit exploring sexual identity and transition in transsexuals of Istanbul
This exhibition gives a rare insight into the lives of people in transition – one of the most dramatic and absolute transitions that can be embarked upon by any individual. The photographic portraits explore the complex identities of the members of a community of male-female transsexuals living in Istanbul, Turkey. Robert’s photographs focus on the human qualities of the subjects who have developed a new, unique aesthetic.
Of the reported 2,000-3,000 transsexuals in Istanbul at various stages of transition from male to female, the vast majority exist in difficult circumstances and are often ostracized by their families.
By embarking on this path, they venture into the twilight world of a no man’s land between macho Turkish male culture and that of the liberated glamorous female. Here they live and operate in the shadowy edges beyond the well lit norms of society and its conventions. As expected in such territory, there is danger, no real protection and plenty of skirmishes and sniping. They are constantly pressurized by the locals, periodically harassed by the police and suffer prejudice from the political system which denies them the right to work legitimately until they successfully convert their blue (male) national identity card to a pink (female) card. This long road of conversion is arduous and expensive. Some work as cabaret entertainers but most survive and pay for their medical treatment by prostitution. In spite of their problems, at home the women are warm, generous, fun-loving people. They provide physical and emotional support for one another with some of the more experienced acting as mentors to new members.
For more information click HERE.
LEBRECHT MUSIC & ARTS has 1872 images relating to Verdi and his works and 2459 of Wagner and his works for this special 200 birth anniversary year of these two famous opera composers. And Lebrecht Music and Arts is the photo library with the most images for Verdi and Wagner. The Verdi anniversary is in October 2013 and Wagner is in May 2013.
As always we don’t just have images of Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner but every musician they knew and fought with, all their friends and lovers, everywhere they lived, whatever they read and wore, their favourite places in the world. We also have their manuscript scores, original programmes, period ephemera, opera scenes, paintings of themes related to their great musical works, buildings and backdrops, unusual instruments – you hum it, we’ve got it (or we’ll do our best to find it).
Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK. 20 June 2012.
Various Neo – Pagan and Druid ceremonies took place to mark the longest day of the year and we have our own exclusive set of images from the event. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library continues its expansion with our new representation of the famous and vast Italian De Agostini archives.
This archive is a treasure trove of historical images relating to prehistoric arts, ancient Egypt, world heritage sites and archaeology, literature, history, decorative arts, fashion, paintings and sculpture and much more related to the context of our core themes of music, literature and history in world culture.
To see more go to www.lebrecht.co.uk and search under De Agostini.
Labour politician and former British actress Glenda Jackson is 76 today.
Glenda Jackson and Jack Shepherd in ‘The White Devil’ production directed by Micheal Lindsay Hogg at Old Vic Theatre. 1976.
© John Haynes/Lebrecht Music & Arts
Also celebrating their birthday today:
Alan Bennett, British dramatist (78).
Alan Bennett British playwright and author photographed February 1995.
© David McGill/Lebrecht
Albert Finney, British actor (76).
Albert Finney performing in Alpha Beta at Royal Court Theatre, London 1972.
© John Haynes/Lebrecht Music & Arts
Billy Joel, American singer (63).
Billy Joel closeup in leather jacket, July 1973.
© D. Hunstein/Lebrecht
Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo soprano (57).
Anne Sofie von Otter photographed January 2008.
© Alvaro Yanez/Lebrecht Music & Art
Lebrecht Music & Arts presents rare and unique images of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family by acclaimed Lebrecht photographer Brian Seed.
Exclusive to Lebrecht, the collection also features images of the 1953 coronation procession taken from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Originally comissioned for a top-flight American magazine, a full selection of these images are now available online at www.lebrecht.co.uk.