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Brian Duffy

Born in: 1933

United Kingdom

Biography
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Brian Duffy (1933 - 2010)

'I don't give a f**k what anybody thinks about me…. I never wanted to be famous. Why? For what? So the doorman at Harrods can recognise me? What I care about is what my kids think about me, and what my grandchildren think of me – the fact that they think I'm a genius is delicious.' 

- Brian Duffy.

Duffy was both rival and contemporary of David Bailey and Terence Donovan. This “terrible trio" as the British press had dubbed them, were the innovators of “documentary" fashion photography, a style which revolutionised fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry. 

The 'Trio' became far more famous than many of the models, with whom they worked, and were, for a while, even bigger than the glossy magazines that published their pictures.

Beginning his career at Vogue Magazine, Duffy made his name in fashion and celebrity photography and went on to become one of only a few photographers to have shot two Pirelli calendars.

Few celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s escaped Duffy's lens, which created memorable and sometimes iconic images of sitters including, probably most famously David Bowie, Jane Birkin, John Lennon, Blondie, Sir Michael Caine, Jean Shrimpton (The Shrimp), William Burroughs, Sidney Poitier, Terence Stamp and a naked Christine Keeler, whose scandalous affairs, famously almost brought down the British Government. 

His work was dynamic and inventive, as can be seen in the memorable 1973 album cover he shot for David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, but in 1979, disillusioned with the business, he took his transparencies and negatives into his studios garden and set them alight in a ceremonial finale to his career as a photographer, having felt that he had said all he could say in the medium. Thankfully, not all the negatives were destroyed!

Although Duffy wasn't concerned with his own fame, the legacy he leaves us is unquestionable and he will no doubt continue to inspire for generations to come.

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Brian Duffy, David Bowie, Scary Monster 'Colour', London, Photography

Brian Duffy

David Bowie, Scary Monster 'Colour', London, 1979
15 x 15 inch
Photography

$8,674

Brian Duffy, Jane Birkin jumping, London, Photography

Brian Duffy

Jane Birkin jumping, London, 1965
18 x 18 inch
Photography

$3,614

Brian Duffy, David Bowie, Scary Monster Contact Sheet, London, Photography

Brian Duffy

David Bowie, Scary Monster Contact Sheet, London, 1979
14 x 19 inch
Photography

$2,868

Brian Duffy, Beach Shadow, Morocco, Photography

Brian Duffy

Beach Shadow, Morocco, 1963
20 x 13 inch
Photography

$3,855

Brian Duffy, Pirelli Breast Plate, Photography

Brian Duffy

Pirelli Breast Plate, 1973
18 x 12 inch
Photography

$4,647

Brian Duffy, Debbie Harry of Blondie Contact Sheet, London, Photography

Brian Duffy

Debbie Harry of Blondie Contact Sheet, London, 1977
24 x 16 inch
Photography

$1,778

Brian Duffy, Girls with an Alpha Sud, Henley on Thames, Fashion Shoot for the Telegraph Magazine, Photography

Brian Duffy

Girls with an Alpha Sud, Henley on Thames, Fashion Shoot for the Telegraph Magazine, 1974
12 x 18 inch
Photography

$1,893

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