Great to see the Winter Gardens being used for more than just gigs and theatre productions. Ed
A collection of portraits, providing a dramatic insight into what inspires and intrigues photographer Koo Stark, will be exhibited at Ventnor Winter Gardens from Sunday 12th September.
The images include portraits of an eclectic range of cultural icons, including the Dalai Lama, Shirley Bassey, Oliver Reed, John Hurt and Graham Greene.
The exhibition organised by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust has been loaned to Ventnor Winter Gardens by Dimbola Lodge, the photographic museum based at the home of Victorian photographic pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Background on Koo
Koo Stark is an American living in London, a photographer, writer and actress. She is a long-term supporter of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust on which she serves as a patron.
Koo has worked as a professional photographer since 1983. Her teacher and mentor was Norman Parkinson.
Her work has appeared in leading magazines and galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall and the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A. She has also taken front-of-house shots for many West End productions and curated an
exhibition of photographs by Richard Gere.
The exhibition will open at Ventnor Winter Gardens at 11am on Sunday 12th September and will run until Sunday 10th October.
It will be held in the Riviera Room and will be free to attend. Following on from the launch, opening hours will be 10am to 7pm daily