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Lara Platman

Lara Platman

I am an Ambassador for Leica Camera AG, a Getty contributor and Author and Photographer of 4 books: Art Workers Guild 125 Years’ (Unicorn Press), ‘Harris Tweed, from land to street’ (Frances Lincoln Publishing) and Photographer for ‘Spirit of Land, the Distilleries of Scotland’ (Frances Lincoln Publishing), I also published Through the Night, the passion of motorsport (Blurb).
For the first two books I visited different artists and craftsmen, studios, weavers, sheep farms, tailers, mills, and sorting depots where I photographed and interviewed everyone. After recording all of the people, I then transcribed and edited the words and photographs.
My passion for documenting areas of culture that are often considered to be eccentric or endangered stem from being brought up in a family who produced theatrical costumes, I have grown up around creative craftsmen. I trained as a photographer and then a journalist and now combine these two skills to bring an in-depth study to each of my projects. My overarching ambition is to ensure that Britain's living national treasures are acknowledged by a wider audience.
I hold a motor racing license, a bike license and restored my own 1964 Series IIa Land Rover, which is now the daily drive and love to take on new adventures with it. I became interested with historic motor racing whilst on a commission from Country Life magazine over twenty years ago. This in turn aroused my interest of women of ‘between the wars’ in particular racing.