Brian Duffy, known simply as "Duffy", was a wildly inventive and acid-tongued photographer -- the most technically sophisticated of the three -- who was responsible for some of the era's most iconic images. Up until his premature and dramatic departure from the world of photography in 1979 (in a fit of disenchantment he burnt up many of his negatives before turning to a career in furniture restoration), Duffy was a major force in both fashion and commercial photography whose editorials, advertisements, and album covers are responsible for the way that the 1960s and 1970s are still perceived in the popular imagination. During his brief reign as a voice of his generation, Duffy churned out an elegant and uncompromising body of work: the cover of Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"; two Pirelli calendars; game-changing spreads for Queen, Vogue, and Elle; celebrity portraits; Smirnoff and Benson & Hedges ad campaigns; as well as more experimental personal photographs. Luckily, many of his negatives were salvaged from the fire and are now being exhibited for the first time, memorializing a legend whose output changed the course of fashion and commercial photography for the ever after.
A Retrospective of Photographs by Brian Duffy
255 Centre Street, NY, NY
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm
May 3 - June 3, 2012