Brian Duffy began his career as a fashion artist for Harper’s Bazaar. Once exposed to photography, he began his career as a photo assistant. He soon went on to shoot for British Vogue from 1957 to 1963. He also shot several album covers and sessions for musician David Bowie.

Here he worked along with two other photographers — David Bailey and Terence Donovan. They were responsible for capturing what came to be known as  the “Swinging London” of the 1960s.  Many consider them responsible for capturing an era and redefining the aesthetics of fashion photography. Their style is recognized as “documentary” fashion photography.

Before 1960, a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual!.

In the 1970’s, Duffy disappeared from view.  He also burned all of his negatives.  In the documentary below produced by Develop Tube, the filmmakers catch up with the artist to discuss his work and why he destroyed it.


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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