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Duffy, together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, is recognised as one of the innovators of ‘documentary’  fashion photography, a style which revolutionised fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry.  So influential were their images that in 1962 the Sunday Times dubbed Duffy, Bailey and Donovan the ‘terrible Trio’ and Norman Parkinson further added to their notoriety by naming them ‘The Black  Trinity’.  Together they dominated the London photographic scene, constantly pushing each other to new heights. Even  socially they would spend many hours together talking, living and breathing photography.

During the late 50’s, 60’s and 7-’s Duffy produced an extraordinary body of work spanning all of the photographic genres from portraits to reportage to advertising.  Duffy was one of the few photographers to shoot two Pirelli calendars in both 1965 and 1973 and was a commercial success shooting high profile campaigns for the  likes of Benson & Hedges and Smirnoff.

Duffy’s photographs powerfully document the vibrancy of the ‘Swinging 60’s’ London scene when the city was at the height of its ‘cool’ and are a testament to the cultural dynamism of the era in which they were taken.  

Nina was photographed by Duffy for a Pirelli calendar shoot and we are grateful to the Brian Duffy Archive for allowing it to be used in Nina’s Gallery.  (It’s the ‘Ice Cream’ pic!)

The Brian Duffy Archive is a testament to the creative genius of not only a great and iconic photographer but also  a reflection of the times in which he flourished.

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