Claud Cockburn - 1959


Claud Cockburn the British journalist photographed by Duffy for Vogue Magazine on the 17th March 1959. This was Duffy's first known portrait, published in Vogue along with his first cover image in May 1959. His famous saying "Believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is often quoted to this day.

Born in China in 1904, Cockburn became a journalist for The Times. He then resigned to start 'The Week' in 1933. After the second world war, he moved to Ireland where he contributed to various newspapers and journals. Cockburn released many Novels including "Beat The Devil" which was adapted into a film in 1953 starring Humphrey Bogart. He is survived by his 3 grandchildren which include actress Olivia Wilde.

Duffy photographed Claude Cockburn along with many other icons for Vogue magazine in the late 1950s. Usually for the feature "Vogue's Eye View" which was a summary of current events or releases.

This session remains unidentified. Duffy was providing portraits and still life for Vogue from September 1958 until the early 1960s when fashion took over. During this time Cockburn released "Crossing the Line" (1958) and "A View From The West" (1961) which may have been promoted with this image.

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