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Farleys Gallery, the home of photographer Lee Miller and painter and biographer of Picasso Roland Penrose, is re-visiting their hugely popular exhibition, A Tale of Two Houses, as a way of sharing the unique interiors of both Charleston and Farleys House with visitors. Due to the current situation, neither of these artists’ houses have been able to open to visitors so far this year. Their hope is that a little of the inspiring joy of these stunningly decorated, historic homes may be felt through the photographic eye of Tony Tree, who is a cherished friend to both places.
Tony Tree’s professional career spans more than 50 years. He started work as a photographer in Vogue Studios, going on to work at House and Garden in the 1960’s. During this time, he also travelled the world as an assistant to many of the decade’s most famous fashion photographers including David Bailey and Helmut Newton.
With a desire to work in the Sussex he knew and loved, Tony Tree then came home and undertook commissions from national magazines and newspapers; photographing writers, potters and artists as well as completing documentary work. In the late 70’s he joined the Brighton based Evening Argus newspaper, initially just to gain journalistic experience but he stayed on at the paper for over 20 years!
In recent years Tony has returned to his love of photographing interiors and art, working at Charleston and Farleys House and Gallery. His association with these Sussex artist’s homes goes back to 1975 at Charleston and the 1980’s at Farleys.
For the latter, he has produced the photographs for many projects, including the latest edition of the book The Home of the Surrealists by Antony Penrose, which was re-published in the summer of 2017.
Left: Detail of Fireplace [right alcove], Farleys House, East Sussex, England by Tony Tree © Lee Miller Archives, England 2020. All rights reserved. leemiller.co.uk
Right: Garden room at Charleston, East Sussex, England by Tony Tree