The Long Night. Mick Jagger and Carinthi

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The Long Night. Mick Jagger and Carinthi

About Carinthia West

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.

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 flat mate was Eric Clapton, opened a door to a world filled 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, film, and theatre work, and in 1976 she was chosen by Eric Idle to act in his comedy series ‘Rutland Weekend Television’, and the cult film ‘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. 

By 1990 she had become a journalist and contributing editor for Marie Claire, and later Harper’s and Queen and Harper’s Bazaar. A few of the personalities she interviewed for the magazines were Oprah Winfrey, Donald Sutherland, Greta Scacchi, Carly Simon, Queen Noor of Jordan, Helen Mirren, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and John Hurt, as well as lifestyle, humorous, health and travel articles, but after her Godchildren persuaded her to start trawling her archives and printing her images, she found she had a ‘new career’.