John Swannell Photography Lecture

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John Swannell photography lecture in aid of autism

John Swannell, world renowned fashion, beauty and royal photographer, is hosting a public lecture at The Royal Geographical Society on 7th June in order to raise funds for the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

The lecture will take the form of a journey through John’s photographic career, from his first days as an assistant at Vogue Studios through to his time working for publications such as Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Times and Tatler.  John will talk about his experiences of photographing some of the world’s most well-known faces, how fashion has changed over the years, and the amazing places across the world John has visited throughout his career.

John is hosting the event in aid of the National Autistic Society as his adult son, Charlie, has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.  The money raised by John’s lecture will go towards fundraising for key services and support for individuals with autism in the UK.

John Swannell said: “This will be the first time I have talked in public about the early years of my career and I will also be revealing some never-seen before photographs as well as some of my more famous work including portraits of Diana, Princess of Wales and her two sons, Joanna Lumley, Andy Warhol and Tony Blair.  Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition but the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.  I am really pleased to be working with the National Autistic Society and fundraising to help support people with autism, like my son Charlie, across the UK.”

The lecture will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London and will be open to the public.  Tickets will cost £15 with all proceeds going to charity, to book tickets visit 

16 of John Swannell’s portraits, ranging from previously unseen photographs taken in the last year, to portraits taken at the start of his career in the early 1970’s will form part of a new display at the National Portrait Gallery.  The display, Now and Then: Photographs by John Swannell with run from April 22 until December 31.
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families.  Founded in 1962, it continues to spearhead national and international initiatives and provide a strong voice for all people with autism. The NAS provides a wide range of services to help people with autism and Asperger syndrome live their lives with as much independence as possible.
The NAS relies on the support of its members and donors to continue its vital work for people with autism. To become a member, make a donation or to find out more about the work of the NAS, visit the NAS website
For more information about autism and for help in your area, call the NAS Autism Helpline on: 0845 070 4004 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, (local rates apply).
The NAS Autism Services Directory is the UK’s most comprehensive directory of services and events for people with autism. Visit to find autism services and support networks in your area.


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