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Photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor at the Benaki Museum

Visitors to Athens will be able to admire a rare collection of photographs by the equally talented wife of writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, Joan, at the latest Benaki Museum exhibition titled “Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover” that runs until 21 October 2018.

The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Benaki Museum Photographic Archives and the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, pays tribute to Joan Leigh Fermor (1914-2003) – wife of celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor – showcasing images from her rich photographic archive and shedding light on this little-known photographer and her remarkable wide-ranging work.

This new Benaki Museum exhibition, titled “Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover”, will be hosted at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture in central Athens (1 Koumbari St.) until late October 2018 and features 146 photographs taken by Joan Leigh Fermor during her numerous travels with her husband in Greece between 1945 and 1960.

Traveling around Greece in the 1940s, 50s and 60s with her husband Patrick, Joan Leigh Fermor captured several images – most of them in black and white – of the places they visited and the people they met. A few of these photographs appeared in Patrick Leigh Fermor's famous travelogues “Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese” and “Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece”. Most of them, however, had never been shown to the public until her death in 2003. The collection consists of 5.000 images, currently held at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

This new temporary exhibition is curated by Olivia Stewart and the photographs on display are used with the kind permission of the Joan Leigh Fermor Estate. Moreover, the exhibition itself is based on a new book also titled “Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover” that pays tribute to the elusive figure that was Joan Leigh Fermor. The book edited by Olivia Stewart and Ian Collins was published on May 24th, 2018 by Haus Publishing.

More info about Patrick Leigh Fermor:
Sir Patrick “Paddy” Michael Leigh Fermor (1915 –2011) was a British author, scholar and decorated war hero who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during WW2. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as A Time of Gifts. After many years together, in 1968 he married the Honourable Joan Elizabeth Rayner, daughter of Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell. They couple lived part of the year in their house near Kardamyli in the Mani Peninsula, southwestern Peloponnese, and part of the year in Gloucestershire. In 1996 the couple donated their house in Kardamyli to the Benaki Museum with the intention that the house’s ownership would be transferred to the museum after their death.

For more information about the exhibition see here:

Photo; Tigani peninsula, Mani © Joan Leigh Fermor Estate

Photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor at the Benaki Museum

23/05/2018 - 21/10/2018

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Dates: 23 May 2018 to 21 October 2018¦ Location: Athens – Attica ¦ Venue: Benaki Museum – 1 Koumbari Street and Vas. Sofias Avenue, 106 74, Athens¦ Opening days & times: Wednesday & Friday from 10 am until 6 pm, Thursday & Saturday from 10 am until 12 pm, Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm (Mondays and Tuesdays closed) ¦More info:

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