Iconic images of David Bowie and Michael Caine in first full Duffy photographic show in Shoreditch

Hollywood royalty such as Michael Caine and Brigitte Bardot appear alongside rock stars John Lennon, David Bowie and Debbie Harry in the first full-career retrospective of British fashion photographer Brian Duffy opening in Shoreditch this week.

Hollywood royalty such as Michael Caine and Brigitte Bardot appear alongside rock stars John Lennon, David Bowie and Debbie Harry in the first full-career retrospective of British fashion photographer Brian Duffy opening in Shoreditch this week.

The exhibition at Idea Generation Gallery features more than 160 rare or unseen images discovered by Duffy’s son after years of searching through archives.

The Vogue favourite infamously quit photography at the height of his career in 1979 and burned much of his work in his back garden.

He had been a central member of ‘Black Trinity’, a cultural movement that defined the swinging Sixties in London.


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This newly restored collection coincides with the publication of ‘Duffy’ – the first and only book of his work, which goes on sale this month for �45.

It provides a catalogue of Sixties and Seventies cultural iconography - from Jean Shrimpton and Joanna Lumley to literary legend William Burroughs.

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Philippe Garner, International Head of Photography at Christie’s auctioneers, described Duffy as “an anarchic, abrasive, provocative young talent in Sixties London who precisely sensed the seismic shifts in British culture that could allow him to invent himself as one of the most successful of a new breed of fashionable photographers.”

‘Duffy’ runs Friday July 8 – August 28 at Idea Generation Gallery, in Chance Street, www.ideageneration.co.uk.

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