Watch “DUFFY: The Man Who Shot the Sixties”
Anyone interested in fashion photography owes it to his or herself to watch this documentary. In the 1960s, three photographers dominated the British fashion scene – David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. “DUFFY: The Man Who Shot the Sixties” is a fantastic film that follows the rise, the (literal) flameout and the comeback of an iconic photographer.
Duffy began shooting for British Vogue in the late 1950s (and continued until 1963) where he was fired at least two times. He has shot for Glamour, Esquire, French Elle, the Pirelli Calendar and Smirnoff. In 1979, he decided to retire from photography by burning all of his negatives although some negatives were ultimately saved when people complained about the smoke.
In 2009, Duffy’s son began an archive of his father’s work, leading to the first ever exhibition of Duffy’s photographs. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Duffy has began to shoot again (including some of his former subjects) as part of the exhibition.
Duffy died on May 31st, 2010, only a few months after this documentary aired.