Stathatos, John. (1 of 9). Oral History of British Photography

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    Interviewee's home, nr Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

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    Stathatos, John, 1947-, (speaker, male)

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    Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1. John Stathatos (JS) born in Athens June 26 1947. Large, close Greek family. Mother's family from Egypt. Fathers family from Ithaca but great-grandfather and two great-uncles had moved to Rumania. Cousins in England, France and Italy. Father an army officer who fought for 13 years during WW2 and Civil War. A gentle man, well known for his adventurous war record. Mother a beauty, studied painting, nursed in Alexandria in WW2. Shock to return to Athens at the end of the war, appalling suffering. Family were royalist and conservative but not reactionary or very right wing. Father stayed in army till about 1951-2, then joined family shipping firm, travelled a great deal, then to British Petroleum. JS has a sister, younger by 5 years. Travelled a lot as a child, Alexandria, Barcelona, Switzerland, New York. Had a Scots/Swiss nanny. Remembers ferocious sulphur fog of London. Returned to Athens permanently at 8 or 9. A multi-lingual family, everyone spoke Greek, English and French.

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