Mick Jagger is one of the stars of an exhibition taking place at an unusual venue in Warwickshire.
Model, actress, and photo journalist Carinthia West has been photographed in the past by such greats as Lord Lichfield, Mario Testino and David Bailey but the 59 year old is now bringing her own debut exhibition of photographic works, entitled Hanging Out, to Warwickshire, where she has ancestral roots.
Carinthia is the daughter of General Sir Michael and Lady West, who founded the Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight.
She was discovered by Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker at the age of 18 and began a career in modelling. As her parents built up their collection of art, from Lowry and Lichtenstein, Carinthia forged her own career, moved into acting and developed a passion for photography.
Her modelling life saw her hanging out with the icons of the 1970s – David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Helen Mirren and Carly Simon and, with her camera always at the ready, she accumulated thousands of shots.
Shots in the exhibition include a relaxed Helen Mirren on Malibu Beach in 1980; a close-up of a laughing Mick Jagger from 1976; Carly Simon in New York City and Rod Stewart, also on Malibu Beach.
Carinthia has chosen to exhibit her photographs at The Bell pub at Alderminster, near Stratford, which is owned and run by her cousin Emma Holman-West. The exhibition runs from Tuesday until March 6.
From Saturday, Carinthia’s parents’ The West Collection of artwork by contemporary artists will also be brought to The Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, which will also be exhibited until March 6.