Terence Donovan: The 1960s
Vintage Prints from the Archive

3rd Jul 2019 - 27th Jul 2019

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3rd July – 27th July 2019

An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career will go on display at Huxley-Parlour Gallery this July. 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 will showcase his best-known photographs from this period alongside some lesser-seen images to illustrate the scope of his work during this formative period.

The exhibition includes portraits of Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Monica Vitti, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Celia Hammond and Dave Brubeck amongst other cultural figures of the era, shot for a range of both advertising and editorial commissions. Also included are eight original and unique contact prints – small photographs made by laying the negative directly onto the surface of the light sensitive paper. Donovan meticulously reviewed his contact sheets, indicating his selected frames by piercing them with a pen or marking them with a pen or chinagraph pencil. He discarded the contact prints of the frames he did not want used, keeping only those that he felt good enough to print or publish.These prints provide an important insight into Donovan’s working methods and his creative process.

Charting Donovan’s early career from 1959, when he opened up his first London studio, to the heights of his success throughout the 1960s, the works in the exhibition show how he helped to redefine photography and shape the aesthetic of London’s ‘Swinging Sixties’. The honesty and energy of Donovan’s photographs quickly helped to establish his own visual language rooted in the world he knew best – the streets of London’s East End, where he had grown up. Often situating his models in bomb-ravaged ruins or in industrial building sites, his gritty and noirish 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.

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Works

Virginia Wynn-Thomas Wearing a Ronald Paterson Coat, 18 August 1959

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Liese Deniz, 24 November 1959

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Dave Brubeck and the Modern Jazz Quartet, London, 20 March 1959

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Tim Davies, Grove Road Power Station, London, 31 October 1960

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Judy Dent, Beauty Feature for the Sunday Times, 25 April 1960

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Leslie MacLennan, Advertising Shoot for Vidal Sassoon, 21 June 1960

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Ros Watkins, Advertising Shoot for Acrilan, 3 March 1961

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Ros Watkins, Advertising Shoot for Acrilan, 3 March 1961

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Primrose Austin, Advertising Shoot for Oriane of Capri, 9 November 1962

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Tim Davies and Celia Hammond, Town Magazine, 1962

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Claudia Cardinale, About Town Magazine, 26 February 1962

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Julie Christie, About Town Magazine, 14 May 1962

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Julie Christie, About Town, 14 May 1962

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Julie Christie II, 1962

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Claudia Cardinale, 1962

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Celia Hammond, Queen Magazine, 1963

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Celia Hammond, Beauty Shoot for Queen Magazine, 12 September 1963

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Sophia Loren, May 1963

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Sophia Loren, May 1963

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Tania Mallet, Fashion Shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, 1 April 1964

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Georgia Gold, Queen Magazine, 26 May 1964

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Moyra Swan, Advertising Shoot for Woollands, 1965

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Karen Jensen, Fashion Shoot for Queen Magazine, 4 March 1965

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Moyra Swan, Advertising Shoot for Woollands, 1965

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Karen Jensen, Queen Magazine, 4 March 1965

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Susan Davis, 24 August 1966

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Ann Lee, Advertising for Roche, 14 December 1967

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Unknown Sitter, 1 May 1967

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Monica Vitti, October 1967

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Terence Stamp on the set of John Schlesinger’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, Contact Sheet, 1967

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Margot McKendry, Contact Sheet

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