Gaynor Leech, Founder of L-W-O Reviews 'AQUA - A Medical Mystery' by Gemma Levine

A thoughtful review of Gemma's latest black and white photography book from Gaynor Leech, Founder of L-W-O Community who provide valuable support to those living with Primary, Secondary and Paediatric Lymphoedema online and in the Community

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About AQUA

The photographs for “Aqua - A MEDICAL MYSTERY” have now been completed with approximately 40 black and white images, covering 28 pages with Lymphoedema captions from Professor Peter Mortimer. Lymphoedema is a chronic, debilitating and incurable swelling, that can be a result of damage to the lymphatic system due to surgery, cancer treatment, or injury. It can also be inherited. An estimated 400,000 UK citizens suffer from Lymphoedema. “Lymphoedema is a secret disease, the book takes it out of hiding and provides a platform to talk about it“


Book Designed by Gemma Levine
Cover Designed by Wendy Hoile 
Printed by St Andrew’s Press of Wells

A Note From Gemma

"My current photographic book ‘Aqua A MEDICAL MYSTERY’, is a unique illuminating concept for laymen to understand the lymphatic system. Each of my photographs are of different visions of water, which with the captions voiced by Professor Peter Mortimer, will show the lymphatics out of the realm of the invisible system and give readily comprehended ‘a visual smile’ in its place. This book, makes lymphatics less foreboding and clinical. It becomes as natural as ‘Aqua’"

Letter from The Prime Minister BORIS JOHNSON Created and photographed by GEMMA LEVINE FRSA


Purchase Price: £15 per copy

All proceeds go to Lymphoedema research, in partnership with St George’s Hospital Charity. (Registered Charity no: 1171195)

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Please send a cheque to: St George’s Hospital Charity,
St George’s Hospital Blackwell Rd, London, SW17 OQT. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St George’s Hospital Charity’ and marked ‘Lymphoedema - Gemma Levine’ on the reverse.

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.