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Edward Lucie-Smith was born in 1933 at Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to Britain in 1946, and was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and Merton College, Oxford, where he read History. Subsequently he was an Education Officer in the R.A.F., then worked in advertising for ten years before becoming a freelance author. He is now an internationally known art critic and historian, who is also a published poet (member of the Academie Européene de Poesie, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), an anthologist and a practising photographer.
His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions in London, Brussels, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Rome, St Petersburg and Kuala Lumpur. There was an American museum show at the Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, from January to March 2003. A book of his photographs, Flesh & Stone, was published by the French imprint Ipso Facto Publishers, in October 2000. His photographs are included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, and the Frissiras Museum, Athens.

He has written for many leading British newspapers and periodicals, among them The Times of London (where at one time he had a regular column), the London Evening Standard (whose critic he was for two years), the New Statesman, The Spectator and Encounter. He currently writes regularly for Art Review, and also for Index on Censorship. He also writes for La Vanguardia in Barcelona.