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The Swinging 60s with Terence Donovan

An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career is on display at Huxley-Parlour Gallery through July 27. Donovan (1936 – 1996) rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of London’s post-war renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography.

Terence Donovan: The 1960s includes well-known portraits of Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Monica Vitti, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Celia Hammond and Dave Brubeck among other cultural figures of the era, as well as some lesser-seen images. 

The show highlights the way Donovan’s work, rooted in the rough streets of London’s East End where he grew up, shaped the aesthetic of the city’s ‘Swinging Sixties.” Often situating his models in bomb-ravaged ruins or in industrial building sites, his gritty style looked to reportage, rather than fashion photography, for its inspiration. “He worked for some of the most progressive magazines of the time including Queen, Town and London Life and his images quickly became emblematic of the era and established Donovan as a new force in British photography,” writes the gallery in the press release. 

Terence Donovan was born in London’s East End in 1951. At the age of 22, he opened his first studio, becoming an immediate success. Later in his career he produced television commercials and advertising campaigns alongside his editorial work. He also directed the video for Robert Palmer’s song Addicted to Love (1986). His work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at many major art institutions.

Terence Donovan: The 1960s
Huxley-Parlour Gallery
Through July 27, 2019

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