John Swannell

Marie Lawrie (Lulu), b. 1948. Singer, actress and broadcaster (early 1980s)

About this artwork

Although small in stature, Lulu is known for her big voice and even bigger personality. Her first hit was in 1964 with 'Shout', when she was just fifteen years old. In 1967 she starred in and sang the title song of the film ‘To Sir, With Love’ and in 1969 she was joint winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. She was one of a handful of singing stars from the 1960s who transferred to television with her own show in the 1970s, and her popularity has endured through collaborations with artists such as David Bowie and Take That. In 2000 Lulu received an OBE after thirty-six years in show-business. This photograph was a private commission from the early 1980s it shows Lulu with her then husband, John Frieda and their son, Jordan Frieda.

John Swannell

John Swannell

Swannell left school at the age of sixteen and quickly immersed himself in the photography world. He worked as an assistant at Vogue’s studios, watching the likes of Richard Avedon and David Bailey at work. Bailey then employed Swannell as an assistant from 1969-73, before the rising photographer set up his own studio. Since then Swannell has worked regularly for the likes of ‘Vogue’, ‘Tatler’ and ‘The Sunday Times’, developing his distinctive style. His beauty and fashion photographs are classically composed and are concerned with elegant forms and subtle lighting, whilst his portraits often offer an intriguing insight into an aspect of the sitter’s personality.