Friday, 7 March 2014

[ week 8 ] Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

In the Sixties and Seventies, fashion and portrait photographer Brian Duffy chronicled the heyday of Swinging London.  In 1962, The Sunday Times referred to Duffy and his fellow London photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan as "the terrible trio."  For clients including Vogue, Elle and The Times of London, Duffy  photographed some of the most famous faces of the era, from The Beatles to Jean Shrimpton to David Bowie to Prime Minister Harold Wilson. 
But for many years, Duffy was more legendary in the photography world as the guy who tried to destroy his entire archive by setting his negatives on fire. In a BBC documentary produced last year, Duffy said he set the fire after one of his assistants told him the studio was out of toilet paper.

Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David

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