True Glamour/True Grit is a celebration of three decades of chic and sparkling fashion images shot by some of the most revered names in British photographic history – Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill and John Swannell.
These photographers (apart from John Swannell who began his career assisting David Bailey for four years at Vogue studios) came prominently to everyone’s attention as part of the 60s London zeitgeist. Donovan after leaving the London School of Photo-Engraving at 15 went on to be mentored by John French, Duffy came from a fashion artist background and wound up assisting Adrian Flowers and O’Neill who was on the road to being a professional jazz drummer applied for a job as an air steward with BOAC, instead he was given a job in their technical photography department and the rest is history.
These men with their own visual language - a melding of influences with the revolutionary times they lived in, transformed the covers of magazines and newspapers and brought a new film-noir and almost irreverent edge to everything they did. Hardly surprising, with such creative minds that two of these photographers, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy found themselves later firmly rooted in making award-winning advertisements and television commercials.
Together these photographers broke ground during probably our most creatively ‘out there’ decades and have provided us with images that never lose their appeal.
Images: Josephine Florent/Terence Donovan // Barbara 9 for British Vogue 1970s/John Swannell // Twiggy/Terry O’Neill // Girls with Alfasud/Brian Duffy
I like to work with the nude body and to show the beauty of it, yes. But it’s not all. I also love the process of photography and I love the reactions of people who see my work. In contemporary art every detail has its own sense; it's not only about natural beauty - that is no longer interesting.’
Leica Gallery London will exhibit, for the first time ever, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) ‘Newcomer’ winner, Sergey Melnitchenko. Melnitchenko (b. 1991 Mykolayiv, Ukraine) began taking photographs in 2009 and since, in a relatively short career, has won several awards as well as exhibiting across Europe.
His work is born from a desire to go deep inside the subject using the interactions of those close to him (whether family or colleagues) to provide the stimulus and creative inspiration for his images. At times painfully personal, visceral and evocative, he takes us on an intimate life journey through both an abstract and realist lens.
The exhibition will show works from three of his series ‘Who’s Here?’ documenting his family life with his wife and stepson, ‘Her’ focusing on his wife and muse and his own ‘Nude Self-portraits’, all of which are shot on the Leica he won as part of the LOBA in 2017.
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