Melinda Camber Porter

Melinda Camber Porter
Born Melinda Camber
(1953-09-18)18 September 1953
London, England, UK
Died 9 October 2008(2008-10-09) (aged 55)
Sag Harbor, New York, U.S.
Nationality British
Known for Painting, Journalism, novelist, poet
Movement Modernism

Melinda Camber Porter (18 September 1953 – 9 October 2008)[1] was a British artist, author, poet, journalist and filmmaker. Porter was a modernist who worked in oils, watercolor and ink. She was known for combining the mediums of film, painting and writing.

Her works have been shown at The School of Visual Arts in New York,[2] Oxford University, the Embassy of France, La Maison Francaise and Lincoln Center's Clark Theatre. Her paintings, poetry and films have been critically well received. As a journalist, Porter interviewed renowned writers, artists and filmmakers of the past several decades for The Times.[1][3]

Early Life and education

Melinda Camber was born on 18 September 1953 in London[1] and grew up on Wimpole Street. Her father was a psychoanalyst who kept his offices in the family home in the center of London's medical district. From early on, she was exposed to the arts, frequenting the National Gallery, and immersing herself in drawing and painting. At age 6, she was given William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience which would later influence her visual style of writing.

Her elementary education was at the City of London School for Girls. In her junior year, she was awarded scholarships to both Oxford and Cambridge. In honour of this, the school granted the students a day off, a privilege normally reserved only for the death of royalty. She chose Oxford and earned a First Class Honours degree in Modern Languages (French and Latin), graduating from Lady Margaret Hall in 1974.[1] After graduation, she met John Robert Porter, the son of Sir Leslie Porter and Dame Shirley Porter; the couple wed in Paris and lived on the Quai Voltaire overlooking the Louvre. The marriage ended after five years and Camber Porter relocated to New York in 1982.[4]

Family life

Porter married her second husband, Joseph Flicek,[5] on 2 July 1985 in his native South Dakota and honeymooned in China.[6] She based a series of paintings and the novel Floating Boundary on the trip to China. Frequent visits with Flicek's family in South Dakota inspired her novel, Badlands. The couple divided their time between Manhattan and Sag Harbor. Porter and Flicek had two sons. After Porter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the family took up permanent residence in Sag Harbor for her convalescence. Porter died on 9 October 2008 at the age of 55.[7]

Early career

While in Paris, Porter was a French cultural correspondent for The Times. She interviewed many notable figures including François Truffaut and Louis Malle.[5][7] She profiled directors Mike Nichols and Ingmar Bergman. A number of these interviews became part of her book, Through Parisian Eyes: Reflections on Contemporary French Arts and Culture.[3][5]


Fine Art




Documentary Films

Unfinished Works

Following Porter's death in 2008, her husband Joe Flicek organised an informal advisory committee, to help organise and publish her work.[10]

Public Exhibitions


Melinda Camber Porter reported on French cultural life for The Times in the 70s and 80s. Many of these pieces were later included in the book Through Parisian Eyes.[3][12][13]

Critical Praise


  1. 1 2 3 4 Melinda Camber Porter, 1953 – 2008, Obituary,; retrieved 10 September 2013; accessed 30 June 2015.
  2. "Save the Date". SVA Close Up.
  3. 1 2 3 "Melinda Camber Porter: arts journalist and cultural critic". The Times.
  4. Melinda Camber Porter profile; accessed 30 June 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Kreahling, Lorraine (23 June 1996). "A Painter-Novelist Draws a Line Between Erotic and Obscene". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  6. Obituary,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Melinda Camber Porter: arts journalist and cultural critic". The Times (London). 20 October 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2015. (subscription required)
  8. 1 2 3 "Story Teller: Joseph Flicek".
  9. "Wim Wenders Film Festival". Wim Wenders Film Festival.
  10. Hinckle, Annette (29 September 2010). "Through the Eyes of an Artist: Remembering Melinda Camber Porter". The Sag Harbour Express. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 The_Art_of_Love,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  12. "A Painter-Novelist Draws a Line Between Erotic and Obscene". The New York Times. 23 June 1996.
  13. "NOTED WITH PLEASURE". The New York Times. 9 November 1986.
  14. 1 2 3 "French Cinema: Reviews and Articles about Selected Films in the UC Berkeley Libraries".
  15. "Roy Lichtenstein Foundation". Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
  16. "Louis Malle".
  17. ""An Interview with Octavio Paz" by Melinda Camber Porter, The Partisan Review, March 1986".
  18. "Rape and Representation".
  19. "European Directors and Their Films".
  20. "Handbook of French Popular Culture".
  21. "NYWIFT - Melinda Camber Porter, 1953 - 2008".
  22. 1 2 Camber Porter review,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  23. Through Parisian Eyes review,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  24. Through Parisian Eyes review,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  25. Profile,; accessed 30 June 2015.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 8/31/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.