Blitz Gallery is pleased to open a solo exhibition by Brian Duffy (1933-2010), British photographer working between 1960 and 1970s. He has worked in Swinging London in 1960s, where was the great image mecca, with David Bailey, terence Donovan. He denied portrait photos taken at a studio but was the innovative leader of the field with his documentarian fashion photo. At the time, The Sunday Times called them as 'Terrible Trio,' and the famous photographer Norman parkinson said 'The Black Trinity.'
Duffy's career was started from The Sunday Times. After it, from 1957 to 1963, he worked from British Vogue as taking a photo of Jean Shrimpton, etc. In 1960s, he worked with international magazines and newspapers like Elle in France. He photographed celebrities of the time, such as James Paul McCartney, Charlton Heston, William Burroughs, Brigitte Bardot and so on.
After 1970s, He was known with David Bowie's album 'Aladdin Sane' covers in 1974, Benson & Hedges, and Smirnoff's ad. campaign, and Pirelli calendar (1967, 1973). During summer in 2013, the exhibition, 'David Bowie is,' at Vitoria and Albert Museum showed other Bowie's cuts of 'Aladdin Sane' album as a main visual so that his popularity was reignited.
In 1979, Duffy burnt many original works in his studio. However, in 2006, his sun Chris started researching on Duffy's works and found out that there are still some negatives left. In 2011, his photograph collection was published and several exhibitions were held worldwide. This is the first his solo exhibition in Japan, and the 40 best photographs from fashion, portrait an David Bowie series, which can be felt atmosphere from 1960 to 1970s, will be on display. Those photos are estate prints provided by Duffy Archive.
Town - 1965.
© Duffy Archive