A Collection of Reviews for 'AQUA - A MEDICAL MYSTERY' - Photography by Gemma Levine with captions from Professor Peter Mortimer

PhysioPod UK have been delighted to collate the reviews for this wonderful black and white photography book created by Gemma Levine in support of her charity work to raise awareness of Lymphoedema and Lymphoedema Research, with all proceeds of the book going to St George's Hospital Charity.

Gemma Levine


"AQUA is a unique and illuminating way for people to understand the lymphatic system. Each photograph is a different representation of water, accompanied by captions from Professor Peter Mortimer, Lymphatics expert at St George’s Hospital, London, to explain the biology behind the condition. All proceeds from book sales go to Lymphoedema research, in partnership with St George’s Hospital Charity."


Endorsed by The Prime Minister BORIS JOHNSON.


View AQUA Press Release on 8th September 2020  here





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Gemma Levine's charitable work to date for

Lymphoedema and Lymphoedema Research includes:


Published a book “Let’s Talk Lymphoedema “ with co author Professor Peter Mortimer .
Publisher Elliott& Thompson.


“SOCK WEEK” For LSN. Appeared on BBC TV and interviewed on radio .

Introduced Dame Judi Dench to LSN . Now an Honorary Member .

Arranged a CONCERT performed at The Rudolph Steiner Hall with American pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Funds raised for LSN .

Became Trustee of Lymphoedema Research Fund Charity.

Commissioned and obtained sponsorship for Brian Daniels to write a play titled “ Let’s Talk Lymphoedema “ ( from the book 2014)

Designed CHRISTMAS ( Greetings) card for Lymphoedema Research. Sold 10,000
Was given a launch at Fortnum & Mason . GOH Dame Judi Dench .

Introduced LSN to a BBC link to ‘Radio 4 Appeal’.

Introduced Dame Judi Dench to be Honorary Member of LE&RN .USA

“BLISSFUL ISOLATION“ a book to raise awareness for Lymphoedema. Repeated in a French publication “ Let’s Leave a Trace.’ IPSEN Foundation.

“ AQUA “ a book to raise awareness and funds for Lymphoedema Research for UK and USA . Preface Dame Judi Dench . Endorsed by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. ( Funded by sponsors)

ZOOM lectures on my life with Lymphoedema. UK and USA

Made honorary member of LE&RN USA


Photographs by Gemma Levine FRSA


Gemma Levine was born in London, in 1939. Her career as a photographer began in 1975. Since then, over the course of half a century, she has published 22 books of photographs and shown over 60 exhibitions world-wide.

Gemma is best known for her striking black and white photography. Since 1984 she has taken photographs of many major contemporary British people. These include politicians, sportsmen, actors, artists, writers, dancers and important business figures. Her subjects range from six Prime Ministers, to Royalty and to leading Theatre artists. She celebrated 25 years of her work at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001.

Her best seller “Go with the Flow” (published by Quartet Books in 2012) was based on her personal journey through cancer on the positive side.

In her latest book “Just One More” (published by Elliot & Thompson in April 2014) Gemma related her memoirs in the form of vignettes from her professional life, which were extracted from her diaries. Each story is accompanied by photographs, letters or poems. The book has three main sections. Henry Moore, Israel, and Famous Faces of the UK.



‘With Henry Moore’ Photographs and Text. Sidgwick & Jackson.
‘Israel: Faces & Places’ Photographs (Foreword Golda Meir) Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
‘Living With the Bible’ Photographs & Watercolours. (Text Moshe Dayan) Weidenfeld & Nicholson.


‘We live in Israel’ Photographs and text. Wayland Publishers.


Living in Jerusalem’ Photographs and captions Wayland Publishers.
‘The Young Inheritors’ Photographs (Foreword Herman Wouk) Dial Press USA.


‘Henry Moore ; Wood Sculpture’ Photographs and Text. Sidgwick & Jackson.


‘Henry Moore – an Illustrated Biography’ Photographs (Text William Packer) Weidenfeld & Nicholson.


‘Faces of the 80s’ Photographs (Foreword The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher) Collins.


‘Faces of British Theatre’ Photographs (Foreword John  Gielgud) Prion Books.


‘People of the 90’s’ Photographs (Foreword HRH Princess Diana) Harper Collins.


‘Memories’(Foreword Jonathan Miller) Ebury Press.


‘My Favourite Hymn’ Photographs (Foreword HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Robson Books.


‘Claridge’s – Within the Image’ Photographs (Foreword David Frost) HarperCollins.


‘Mayfair’ Photographs (Foreword Martin Gilbert – Text Michael Portillo) HarperCollins.


‘Go with the Flow’ Text and photographs (Foreword 1. Prof Daniel Hochhauser 2. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall) Quartet Books.


BBC 2 TV Documentary “Welcome to Mayfair” (repeats on TV).


Let’s Talk Lymphoedema: The Essential Guide to Everything You Need to Know (co-author Prof Peter Mortimer) Elliott & Thompson publishing.


Gemma Levine’s black and white, iconic photographs of Princess Diana appear in Kensington Palace at a public exhibition “Diana: Her Fashion Story”.


Gemma Levine, supported by Dame Judi Dench, is raising awareness for Lymphoedema and money for research. She has a card designed by a top British artist, for ‘Seasons Greetings’. To purchase the cards call, St George’s Hospital Charity. (Telephone no: 020 8725 4522).


“Blissful Isolation” A lockdown experience . Chipping Norton. Oxfordshire.
“AQUA - A Medical. Mystery”


Over 60 photographic exhibitions; UK and worldwide.

25 years Retrospective at The National Portrait Gallery.

Others: Sotheby’s; The Royal National Theatre; House of Lords; House of Commons: Serpentine Gallery; The Royal Festival Hall; The Barbican; Leeds City Art Gallery; Tel-Aviv University; University of Jerusalem. (others)

Gemma Levine’s Henry Moore archive is housed and on permanent exhibition at The Tate Gallery – Tate Britain, London. Gemma lectures at Tate Britain on Henry Moore.

Gemma is a trustee of Lymphoedema Research Fund

Gemma is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.