Ten months ago George Perry, who has worked on the Magazine since its first year, came up with a grand idea to celebrate our quarter-century: to ask 20 major photographers from here and abroad to produce their own image of The British Genius. They came from far and wide, and what they collectively produced affords us a suitably beguiling account of what is British and exceptional.
March 1, 1987
Research by Gunn Brinson and Annie Horton.
Mary Ellen Mark photographed John Schlesinger in Canada where he was filming. She knows him well. She chose him because 'apart from his great work in film and opera, he is a wonderful and generous man'.