Royal Photographic Society Lecture – George Szirtes: 23 January 2018 6pm

Historical Group  of the Royal Photographic Society lecture at the Royal Philatelic Society, 23 January 2018, 6pm


Unfortunately, Mr. Robert Gurbo – who was going to speak on Andre Kertész: The Real Biography – is indisposed, and is not able to deliver the inaugural Colin Ford lecture until later in the year.  However,  we are happy to announce that his place is being taken by Mr George Szirtes

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.  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

George Szirtes 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.

NOTE: As this event is not as originally advertised, it is not being seen as the inaugural ‘Colin Ford lecture’ but as a prelude to the series.

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