N.p. N.p., circa 1975. Vintage borderless double weight photograph, circa 1975, featuring mystery writer John Le Carre in conversation with an unknown figure to the right of the photograph. Partially stricken attribution rubber stamp to the verso, with pencil holograph annotations indicating the copyright belonging to photographer Marina Cicogna.
One of the best-known espionage novel writers, John Le Carre spent his early career as a secret agent for MI6, until the success for his third novel, the 1963 "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," allowed him to leave the intelligence services and become a full-time author specializing in espionage fiction. His work, including the 1965 novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," has been adapted to television, radio, and film many times, including the well-received recent adaptation of that work, the 2011 film directed by Tomas Alfredson.
Photographer Marina Cicogna, granddaughter of Count Giuseppe Volpi, one of the weathiest men in Italy, grew up rubbing shoulders with many famous American actresses and actors. She took photographs of her friends, becoming a respected photographer in her own right, and later went on to produce films for many well-known Italian filmmakers including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone, Ello Petri, and more.
7.75 x 11.75 inches. Near Fine.