Carinthia West Debuts Photography Exhibition - LOOKING BACK IS THE NEW FORWARD
Looking Back is the New Forward explores the life and work of Carinthia West through her photographs. Carinthia's upcoming exhibition Looking back is the New Forward curated by Renee Pappas, the first installment of a two part series will be held at KM Fine Arts (814 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069) taking place simultaneously with Kurt Cobain introspective photography show ENDORSEMENT - The UNSEEN Cobain Photos by visual artist Geoff Moore. A private VIP opening for both shows will be held during GRAMMY week on Wednesday, February 10th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm there-in after the exhibition will be free and open to the public.
The only child of General Sir Michael, UK representative of NATO in Washington DC 1961 - 1965, and Lady Christine West, Carinthia's life has been one of extraordinary experiences. Brought up by aristocratic art-loving parents who traveled the world, she was no stranger to famous company. She accompanied them to dinners with the Kennedy's, and parties with Hollywood stars. Her father was in the thick of world events, advising President Kennedy on the Cuban missile crisis, as well as entertaining Royalty, diplomats and visiting British VIP's such as Beyond The Fringe's Jonathan Miller, Allan Bennett, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. Known as "the Dancing General" for his love of rock'n'roll, yet with three DSO's for bravery, Carinthia credits him for her love of the visual arts, music, and the importance of a sense of balance and humor.
A muse to rock icons along with being a model, actress, photographer, and writer; Carinthia always had a camera at her side capturing intimate moments of her celebrity friends throughout her career. As Muse Magazine wrote, Carinthia was a 'free spirit', blissfully unaware that she was candidly recording icons and iconic moments of the times. Or as Ronnie Wood puts it 'Carinthia took photos while we were getting on with life...."
At sixteen, and on their return to London, she was discovered standing at a bus stop on the King's Road by Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker. Whitaker, whose ?at mate was Eric Clapton, opened a door to a world ?lled with Swinging Sixties' icons, such as Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull, and Anita Pallenberg. Carinthia's long legged blonde looks were perfectly suited to this world of modeling, ?lm, and theatre work, and in 1976 she was chosen by Eric Idle to act in his comedy series 'Rutland Weekend Television', and the cult ?lm 'The Rutles'. She took her Canon cameras on set, and kept a visual diary from then on, photographing those who crossed her path, including George Harrison, Helen Mirren, Carly Simon, and David Bowie, all of whom became personal friends and allowed her to photograph them behind the scenes.