A Chequered Past

A Chequered Past

My Visual Diary of the 60s and 70s

  1. Peter Schlesinger
  2. Foreword by Manolo Blahnik
  • ISBN 9780500542835
  • 25.40 x 19.70 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 128pp
  • 167 Illustrations, 163 in colour
  • First published 2004
‘A sumptuous, mesmeric account of an era … a vital social document and a Proustian vision of an intoxicating, vanished age’ – The Guardian
‘… makes you want to delve into the pictures and join the party’ – The Times
‘Remarkable and irresistible …’ – Vogue
'This is a winning book’ – The World of Interiors

This hugely entertaining portfolio allows us an insider’s peek at the charmed era of London in the '60s and '70s.

Peter Schlesinger arrived in England in 1968 as a wide-eyed twenty-year-old with his partner, David Hockney, to study painting. He stayed on for ten years and moved in some of the city’s most intriguing social and artistic circles. Manolo Blahník, Paloma Picasso, Ossie Clark, Cecil Beaton, Bianca Jagger, Christopher Isherwood and Bryan Ferry all became friends, along with other prominent figures in the worlds of art, ballet, music, photography, film and society.

Schlesinger was not only one of Hockney’s favourite models but a gifted artist in his own right, with a tireless interest in documenting the amazing world of London bohemia. His privileged position resulted in intimate photographs of friends and acquaintances in everyday situations, taken in London and Europe.

A Chequered Past guides us with a wry eye through the artists’ studios, fashion shows, country houses and gay discos that made London such a magnet during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Schlesinger provides lengthy, entertaining captions that remind us why London was such a swinging and sometimes outrageous scene.

Peter Schlesinger studied art at UCLA, where one of his instructors was David Hockney. Moving to London with Hockney in 1968, he attended the Slade School of Art and spent the next six years in London. He moved to New York in 1978 where he has continued his career as a painter and sculptor.

Manolo Blahník is the London-based designer of the most sought-after shoes in the world; his sophisticated creations have become the hallmark of elegant, sexy dressing.