During the ‘60s and ’70s, Brian Duffy (1933-2010) was, along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, a member of the fashion photography elite. His docu-style shoots for Vogue and Queen magazines were aimed at dispelling the gloom of the post-war period and provided a self-consciously youthful, visually literate generation with a new sense of self, and of London. Duffy gave up photography in 1979, at the height of his career, and set fire to most of his work in his back garden. His son, Chris, spent years searching through archives and publications all over the world to produce ‘Duffy: In His Own Words’, published this month by ACC Editions. Among Duffy’s most iconic images were those used in campaigns for Benson & Hedges and Smirnoff, a series of studio images of Michael Caine shot in 1964 and the covers for David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters’ albums. To coincide with the book’s release, ‘Duffy: A Visual Record of a Photographic Genius’ is on show at Idea Generation Gallery from tomorrow (to August 28).
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