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Duffy (1933-2010)

Brian Duffy (or just plain 'Duffy' to his friends) was one of the three photographers who defined the look of London's 'Swinging Sixties'. Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan they were affectionately named by Norman Parkinson as the 'Black Trinity' and were elevated to celebrity status and known only by their surnames.

Duffy attended  St. Martins School of Art was enrolled in an art course but quickly realised that his contemporaries were more talented and he switched course to dress design.  This held him in good stead throughout his photographic career as he understood the drape and fall of fabric and how to play with proportion. In 1957 Brian Duffy started his photographic career at Vogue; a relationship that continued  into the 1970’s however he always claimed that he did his best fashion work with French Elle where his creative and artistic freedom was allowed to flourish. When the Sunday Magazines were established Duffy was a frequent contributor as well as continuing his work with all the major British and US glossy magazines. The surrealistic Benson & Hedges advertisements in the late 70’s and the groundbreaking Smirnoff campaign won Duffy acclaim and awards.  The concepts that were established then are still utilised today.

Duffy was an eclectic and innovative photographer and one of the few photographers to have shot three Pirelli calendars (the first in 1965 and two more in 1973 for different divisions) In addition to his fashion, portraiture and advertising work; Duffy is perhaps best known for his collaboration with David Bowie.  He shot five sessions with Bowie, and three album covers – Aladdin Sane, Lodger and Scary Monsters.   The most recognised is the Aladdin Sane album cover nicknamed the 'Mona Lisa of Pop’. In 2013 an image from the contact sheet was chosen as the lead image for the worldwide touring Victoria & Albert museum's exhibition 'David Bowie is’ which has had over 1.5m visitors.  

Since the inception of the archive in 2008 Brian Duffy’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and is highly collectable.  Recently he was voted one of the top 100 most influential photographers of all time and well thought of as a ‘photographer’s photographer’.

Debbie Harry from Blondie by Duffy, 1977

Blondie

Debbie Harry of Blondie on a photo shoot taken by legendary Brian Duffy in London in 1977

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David Bowie (DB001DUFFY)

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane is the one image that has defined David Bowie and is nicknamed the 'Mona Lisa of Pop' - Shot by Duffy in his London studio.

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David Bowie (DB002DUFFY)

David Bowie

Contact sheet taken from the photo shoot for Aladdin Sane

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John Lennon by Duffy

John Lennon

John Lennon captured by legendary music photographer Brian Duffy in 1965

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David Bowie (DB009DUFFY)

David Bowie

Official contact sheet print from the acclaimed Duffy archive of David Bowie in his Scary Monsters Pierrot costume in 1980.

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David Bowie (DB008DUFFY)

David Bowie

The Aladdin Sane image was digitally remastered to a black and white negative format by Chris Duffy in 2012

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David Bowie (DB010DUFFY)

David Bowie

Contact sheet from the Scary Monsters photo shoot taken during the last of Duffy's 'Five Sessions' with David Bowie

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David Bowie (DB004DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie Scary Monsters Pierrot shot in London in 1980

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David Bowie (DB011DUFFY)

David Bowie

Official Duffy photograph of David Bowie sitting with a Scottie Dog during a pre-production meeting for the Scary Monsters photo shoot

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David Bowie (DB003DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie 'Scary Monsters' image 'close up' with cigarette

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David Bowie (DB005DUFFY)

David Bowie

Taken from the Scary Monsters album cover shoot by Duffy in 1980, 'the most beautiful clown in the circus' - David Bowie

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David Bowie (DB006DUFFY)

David Bowie

Alternative shot taken from the Aladdin Sane 'photo shoot in 1973, known as 'Eyes Open' - this image was rediscovered in the archive in 2011

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David Bowie (DB007DUFFY)

David Bowie

David Bowie wearing a two piece quilted suit designed by Freddie Burretti for the 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour.

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