"Survey of Brian Duffy, the photographer who during the 1960s, together with his contemporaries Terence Donovan and David Bailey, made up the ‘Black Trinity’, as Norman Parkinson called them – a trio of working-class photographers who brought vigour to the then rarefied world of fashion photography. The show includes portraits of David Bowie, William Burroughs, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and many other seminal figures of the era." - Time Out London
In October 2009 Chris Beetles Gallery London premiered a show which was Duffy’s first ever exhibition. Creating huge media and public interest, many of the show images had not been seen for at least thirty years or more.
The catalogue of the show contains 50 images comprising of iconic portraits. From vintage fashion, period reportage and a rarely seen portrait of Duffy by close friend David Bailey. Portraits include - Sidney Poitier (1965), Michael Caine (1964), Nina Simone (1965), Sammy Davis Jnr. (1960), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970), Reggie Kray (1964), John Lennon (1965), Paul McCartney & George Martin (1966), William Burroughs (1960). Also, various models such as Jean Shrimpton and Grace Coddington during Duffy's time shooting for Vogue and French Elle.
"Anarchist, furniture restorer, trained dressmaker, painter, atheist, amateur forger, Marxist, reformed thug, brain, Irish East Ender, father, fashion illustrator, film producer, advertising director, photographer. Brian Duffy is a blizzard of talent and contradictions. Fast-talking, controversial and sharp as a knife at 76 years old. His company is a delight - and an education." - Giles Huxley-Parlour describing Duffy in the catalogue. Huxley-Parlour goes on to describe the history of Duffy and the day he burned it all.
A catalogue was available from Chris Beetles directly during the show. Duffy signed a limited number that is only available exclusively through the Duffy Archive. Fewer than 250 of the show catalogues were signed.
Written, edited and designed by Giles Huxley-Parlour.