Anna McNay

Review of Lisetta Carmi: Identities at the Estorick Collection


Lisetta Carmi: Identities

Estorick Collection, London
20 September – 17 December 2023

Born the third child after two brothers, Lisetta Carmi (1924-2022) grew up wanting – and believing it was expected of her – to be a boy. It was perhaps this feeling of not-quite-belonging that let her develop such deep empathy; she understood the human condition, and felt with, not just for, the underlings and the oppressed. Although a lauded concert pianist, Carmi was to walk away from this profession at the age of 36 to embark on an 18-year career as a photographer – untaught, except by life.

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