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Marilyn Stafford: the photographer who captured Edith Piaf and Albert Einstein

a join-the-dots of 20th century history – one that has taken her from 1930s Dust Bowl America, via postwar New York, 1950s Paris and Swinging Sixties London, to the West Sussex coast where she lives today, not far from her daughter, Lina. In between, she made forays to capture on camera the Algerian War of Independence, postcolonial India and the Arab-Israeli conflict.Born in a leafy suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1925, Stafford – who retired from photography at the age of 80 – recalls childhood afternoons spent leafing through the pages of her parents’ copies of Life, “gleaning that something was not right in the world, even if I couldn’t have explained why in words”.

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