One day in the late 1960s Eva Sereny took a plane to London from her home in Rome, walked into the foyer of The Times’ building in Printing House Square and said to the uniformed commissionaire, “I’ve got some photos. Who do I go to?”

She had no appointment and was a young mother of two who had never had a photograph published. Yet Norman Hall, the paper’s picture editor, agreed to see her. She showed him some images she had taken of young athletes training in an Italian sports center and three days later, they appeared in The Times under the headline “Preparing for the Olympics”. It was the start of a career that took her around the world and put her work on the cover of countless magazines.

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