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Brown Bread: Brian Duffy

Posted in Culture, Obituaries with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Robin Gosnall

Brian Duffy, whose photographs helped define the mood of the Swinging Sixties, has died aged 76.

Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy formed part of the “black trinity” of photographers who became as famous as the models, musicians and film stars they worked with.

He had been suffering from lung disease.

Like Bailey and Donovan, Duffy was born in London’s East End. He studied dress design at St Martin’s School of Art and worked as a fashion artist for Harper’s Bazaar before turning to photography. He was one of just a handful of photographers to shoot two Pirelli calenders, and was credited for his inventive approach to fashion photography.

His work also spanned reportage and advertising, including two award-winning campaigns for Benson & Hedges and Smirnoff in the 1970s. He shot three David Bowie album covers, including Aladdin Sane.

In 1979, Duffy decided to give up photography and burned many of his negatives in a bin. But he resumed taking pictures in 2009, and in January the story of his career was the subject of the BBC documentary The Man Who Shot the 60s.

He is survived by his wife, June, two sons and two daughters.

R.I.P. Brian Duffy, 1933-2010


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