Benson & Hedges - Easel - 1979


This shot was one of the groundbreaking award-winning Benson & Hedges campaigns for the agency Collett Dickenson & Pearce in 1979 with art director Alan Waldie. New laws had restricted the use of conventional images of people smoking cigarettes and they decided to play with scale and dimension to create a surreal illusion. This initial series of photographs consolidated the concept which other photographers were to follow and Duffy is recognised as one of the top 100 most influential photographers of all time. As time went on Duffy became anti-smoking and withdrew from cigarette advertising.

This was the final advert that Duffy provided for the campaign. The airbrush artist was Adrian Chesterman.

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