Stathatos, John. (3 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 3. Escaped being an officer and became a translator though still had to do infantry training. Sent to Thessalonika area. Crisis with Turkey over Cyprus in December so battalion moved to near border. King Constantine's failed counter-coup, John Stathatos (JS) interrogated by military intelligence, escaped a court martial. Left for England in June 1969 to study, had decided to give up biology because he wanted to write. Took Oxford Entrance again and passed but the Master of Christ Church pointed out that he was now too mature for Oxford. Went to the LSE instead to study philosophy and international relations. Felt he wasn't cut out to be a student, became involved in London literary life, in student politics and in practical planning and making things work so organised occupations during the student upheavals. Became very interested in archaeology and travel, went to sites in Iran and Afghanistan, started to photograph intensively. Left college, applied to SOAS, a very conservative college, to do Iranian and Central Asian archaeology, the Professor was delighted but he was rejected because of his student activity at LSE. Wanted to be in London because he wanted to write in English and didn't like N America. Wanted to be in a big metropolis and knew English writers. Started to get free-lance work for Fleet St. London remained his base. Lived in digs in N London, a flat in Maida Vale and then Crouch End Housing Association flat. Ran the student newspaper while at LSE.

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