Brian Duffy and the Swinging '60s

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is one of my favorite art galleries and their exhibitions are always something truly spectacular. From October 12 through November 7, they are presenting a special presentation of Brian Duffy prints—Duffy being the Swinging Sixties photographer iconic fashion shoots and portraits of pop culture icons came to embody the energy and vitality of this explosively creative era.

Duffy (in)famously set fire to all of his original negatives back in 1979, but not all were destroyed and the Chris Beetles gallery is displaying the surviving images: the result of what they describe as “two years of painstaking archiving.” If you, like me, can’t make the trip across the pond to pay a visit, here’s a look at these dynamic prints, featuring everyone from John Lennon to California’s future Governator:

Jean Shrimpton
Jean Shrimpton, early 1960s
Michael Caine, 1964
Michael Caine, 1964
John Lennon, 1965
John Lennon, 1965
Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960
Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960
Sidney Poitier, 1965
Sidney Poitier, 1965
"Queen" Magazine, 1965
"Queen" Magazine, 1965
Vogue Magazine, 1964
Vogue Magazine, 1964
Vogue Magazine, 1964
Vogue Magazine, 1964

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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