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From 8 July to 28 August, London’s Idea Generation Gallery will be showing thefirst-ever full-career retrospective of the legendary British photographer Brian Duffy. A new book – the first – about his work, simple entitled Duffy, is also being published this month by ACC Editions.
In 1979, at a point where he was enjoying great success, Duffy burnt the majority of his photographic work. After years of searching through archives and publications around the world, his son has assembled 160 images for the exhibition and book.
These rare images provide a catalogue of 60s and 70s cultural icons: from Hollywood royalty, Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Sidney Poitier; to the greatest rock stars, John Lennon, David Bowie and Debbie Harry; through to 1960s beauties, Jean Shrimpton and Joanna Lumley; author William Burroughs; and many more.
Alongside David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy created the image of 1960s ‘Swinging London’ that has come down to us. His photographs were instrumental in reconstructing Vogue’s image as a modern fashion-centred magazine rather than one that reflected the fashions of British high society. In fact, he had originally studied dress design at what was then St Martin’s College of Art but subsequently decided on a career in photography
The Idea Generation Gallery is at 11 Chance Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7JB.
If you are interested in photographs of famous people, and how their images are shaped by them, check out our July review of a new book on the work of John Hedgecoe.