As famous as the stars he photographed, Brian Duffy shaped the image of 1960s Swinging London. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy is considered one of the inventors of “documentary” fashion photography, a style that revolutionized the industry. Their attitude and aesthetic made the scene iconic, establishing the cult of the fashion photographer and inspiring the famous film Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966).
Duffy said, “Before 1960, a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But the three of us are different: short, fat and straight!” The press nicknamed the three photographers “The Terrible Three,” while Norman Parkinson added to their fame by calling them “The Black Trinity.” Duffy’s most famous photo is the “Mona Lisa of Pop,” the cover of Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane.” He worked with the artist for eight years and exerted a direct influence on the numerous reinterpretations of Bowie’s image. It is only logical, then, that this new edition expands on their work with new images. This new edition by Duffy also includes more new images from the photographer’s archive, showing both the star and the photographer in their prime.
ACC Art Books, ISBN9781788840088, hardcover, 224 pages, 59 color and 168 black and white photos in the book.