Over the past 40 years Boleslaw Lutoslawski has photographed many of the greatest figures in the arts in Europe, spanning the worlds of music, literature, dance and theatre. Arriving in London from his native Poland in 1980, he was immediately absorbed into the capital’s fast-moving cultural scene, taking portraits of the likes of Glenda Jackson, Tom Stoppard, Bill Brandt, Philip King, Ernst Gombrich, Peter Hall, Tambimuttu, George Martin, Marina Warner, Claes Oldenburg, Lucy Burge, Paloma Picasso, Helaine Blumenfeld, Richard Rogers, John Peel, Anthony Caro, Simon Callow on assignments for Vogue, The Independent, Newsweek, The Illustrated London News, BBC and Harper’s & Queen among others. His work, however, is not constrained by time or place. And it has absolutely nothing to do with fashion. Instead, it results from a moment of special affinity, a kind of spiritual kinship, between two different personalities – the photographer and sitter.
As Sir John Tusa puts it, Bo Lutoslawski is a ‘photographer with a deep insight into people and character, an extraordinary honesty and a capacity to reveal the identity of his sitters’.
Richard Avedon put it even more succinctly: these are ‘beautiful and strange photographs … full of deep feeling’.
Boleslaw Lutoslawski is a Portrait Photographer based in London (UK) and Lublin (Poland).
He has also published several books in English and Polish.