Brian Duffy became a celebrity photographer during the “swinging sixties” along with fellow photographers, David Bailey and Terence Donovan. This formidable trio redefined the aesthetic of fashion, they also redefined where photographers fit within the industry.
Brian Duffy and his contemporary’s were often socialising with actors, pop stars, royalty and the notorious Kray Twins. They represented a new breed of photographer who were elevated to celebrity status. Furthermore, Brian Duffy had an eight-year working relationship with David Bowie where Duffy provided the creative concept and photographic images for three of his album covers.
Brian Duffy worked for the likes of Vogue, Glamour Magazine, Esquire, The Sunday Times and French Elle. In 1965, Brian Duffy was asked to shoot the second Pirelli calendar which was shot in the south of France. He was commissioned to shoot the calendar again in 1973, he is one of very few photographers commissioned to shoot two calendars.
Each Pirelli calendar is a time capsule documenting the renowned models, actresses and photographers of its time. The 1973 Pirelli calendar shot by Duffy was created in a collaboration with British pop artist Allen Jones and air brush specialist Philip Castle. Duffy and Allen Jones were two of the worlds most renowned creatives of their time, during the creation of this calendar they certainly had some creative contradictions.
Moreover, some of their sketches and prints were rejected by Pirelli for being too risqué for its time.
This calendar has come to define Pirelli, Duffy and Jones. The twelve images that made the cut are among the archive’s most iconic.
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