Saturday, 15 May 2021

RARE INTIMATE PHOTOS OF 1070S ICONS TO BE EXHIBITED IN BATH MUSEUM

George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren and Eric Idle are just some of those who feature 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A series of rare behind the scenes photographs of the world’s most iconic rock stars and actors during the 1970’s are to be exhibited at The American Museum & Gardens in Bath.

The exhibit Shooting Stars runs from May 21 to October 31, and features a collection of 63 intimate natural portraits and lifestyle shots taken in America and the UK by 70’s model, actress and ‘It Girl’, Carinthia West.

The photographs, some of which have not been exhibited before, document the era, as well as her close personal friendships with the likes of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Eric Idle, Shelley Duvall, Helen Mirren, Neil Young and Anjelica Huston, as they enjoyed life away from the limelight.

The only child of General Sir Michael West, UK representative of NATO in Washington DC, and Lady Christine West, Carinthia grew up in the presence of some of the 20th century's most well-known names from music, film and society.
Carinthia said: “I would come down the stairs as a child and be greeted by visiting British VIP’s such as Beyond The Fringe’s Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Julie Christie.

“I also attended cultural events and concerts at the British Embassy and the Kennedy White House, so being around famous artists and performers was something that was just normal for me.”

West was discovered as a model at the age of 16 standing at a bus stop on The King’s Road in London by Beatles’ photographer Robert Whitaker.

Becoming a model gave her unprecedented access to the lives of those she worked alongside, and so she decided to take her own camera on set and keep a visual diary from then on.

Carinthia photographed all those who crossed her path, whether on the set of a film or at one of the many all-night parties at Ronnie Wood’s Malibu beach house.

She became close personal friends with the stars, and in turn they allowed her to photograph them during their downtime. 
 
Shooting Stars: Carinthia West, Britain and America in the 1970s runs from 21 May – 31 October 2021.
 
 
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