Western Region Bath Area Members Meeting with Duffy
Date: 14th July 13
Time: 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Claverton Community Hall
Postcode: BA2 6DT
Contact: Tony Cooper
Phone: 01225 421097
Bath Area Members' Meeting: Chris Duffy will give a presentation on his late father, Brian Duffys' work and his own.
For extra information on Brian Duffys' work copies of "The Man who shot the 60's", BBC documentary, can be found on the internet.
Chris will have copies of his book available signed for sale at the meeting.
Includes refreshments. Claverton Community Hall.
Please Note: 2nd Hand In for Exhibition
Brian Duffy, together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan was one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style which revolutionised fashion imagery and the fashion industry of the late 50’s and 60’s . These three photographers were so influential to the changes taking place in the 60’s that they were christened “The Terrible Three“ by Cecil Beaton and “The Black Trinity” by Norman Parkinson, the two greats of the time who had commanded the industry for years.
Duffy’s cutting edge photography documents the vibrancy of “the Swinging 60’s” London scene when the city was at the height of cool, and places him in the photographic history books as one of the UK’s most respected photographers. Much has been written about the impact that these three dynamos had on Vogue Magazine, Photography, and The London Scene.
However, being a little older and more analytical/intellectual in his approach, it was Duffy, in fact, who led the way.
The three were as well known as the models, actors and musicians that they photographed. These three working-class photographers tore up an effete industry with little regard for the pretensions of the old guard. Duffy himself said at the time that “Before 1960 a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual.”
Duffy made work for magazines such as Vogue, French Elle, The Times, The Telegraph, Queen, Town, London Life, as well as advertising clients Pirelli, Biba, Smirnoff, Benson and Hedges, and had a long standing relationship with the top media titles, leading the way in both advertising and editorial imagery.
Duffy retired in the 1980’s after having set fire to his negatives, an act so final in its nature, that there seemed to be no going back. However, thanks to his son, Chris, Duffy's legacy will live on. Chris has worked since August 2007 to collate his archive and restore Duffy’s rightful place at the centre of British photographic history.
Sadly, Brian Duffy died on 31st May 2010. Duffy’s friend David Puttman describes “Duffy was far more than a gifted photographer, he was a uniquely constructive “social anarchist”, who through sheer force of personality, helped push the stultifying conservatism of the 1950’s into permanent retreat. They may not know it but every participant in what today would be reffered to as the Creative Industries, will be forever in his debt…… He questioned the validity of everything from the position of someone courageous enough to challenge just about every received convention he ran up against”.