Monday, 15 August 2016

Terence Donovan: Speed Of Light

There is also some really strong fashion photography from Terence Donovan (1936-1996), at The Photographers Gallery. He really was a master of his craft, and was one of the three working class photographers (along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy), who came to prominence in the 1960s with a new aesthetic who shook up the status quo in fashion photography. They perfectly captured the energy of 'Swinging London' and brought a more naturalistic spirit to the traditional, mannered styles of the society photographers that preceded them.

I saw a couple of examples of Donovan's work in the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition in Manchester recently (here), so it was great to see more of it this retrospective. I find his fashion photography from the 1960s particularly appealing - the amazing shapes of the womens clothes, the razor-sharp menswear, the gritty urban settings, and of course the marvellous contrasts of areas of light and dark. The exhibition also features his contributions to iconic pop videos such as Malcolm McLaren's Madam Butterfly, and Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love.

Terence Donovan: Speed Of Light
until 25th September
The Photographers Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street