Duffy Photography The life of Brian Duffy presented by Corinne Dorsey

Personal Life

Date of Birth: June 15, 1933, United Kingdom

Date of Death: May 31, 2010, London, United Kingdom

Place of Residence: London, United Kingdom

Inspiration

DUFFY SOUGHT GREAT INTEREST IN THE SWINGING 60S IN A SERIES OF STYLISH AND AMERICAN ICONIC IMAGES. He was also well known in this time for fashion and rock photography. He is recognized as “The Man Who Shot the Sixties” because of his innovations on “documentary” fashion photography and his popularization on the iconic album cover of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane.

Major Events

JFK Wins Presidency Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy is elected president of the United States. His margin of victory over Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon is just over 100,000 votes.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon, fulfilling President John Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

The struggle for civil rights had defined the ‘60s ever since four black students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in February 1960 and refused to leave.

Photo Analysis

Photo 1

Model Judy Dent poses on Westminster Bridge in a checked skirt suit, 2nd January 1961 during a fashion shoot for Vogue

This image depicts a woman resting on the edge of the Westminster Bridge. Duffy strategically places Dent's Face on a POWERPOINT using rules of thirds. He also makes use of the guard rail as a leading line to lead the viewer into the main focus of Dent's PHYSIQUE.The image is shot in black and white, which brings DRAMATIC effect unto the image and attention to the clothing being advertised within the photo.

Photo 2

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The photo DEPICTS PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH ALIT CIGARETTE WITHIN HIS MOUTH. THE PHOTO IS EXTREMELY VISUALLY INTERESTING DUE TO THE CONTRAST OF BLACK AND WHITE. ANOTHER VISUALLY INTERESTING FACTOR IS THE FACIAL EXPRESSION BEING EXPRESSED THROUGH THE PHOTO, WHICH MAKES THE VIEWER WONDER WHERE HIS EYES ARE FOCUSED.

Photo 3

Photo taken for Vogue Magazine. Year: N/A

This Photo depicts a model attempting to sell the clothing, which is being photographed on her body. The Photo used inverse colors in order to draw the viewer into the clothing being photographed. This choice also brings emphasis to the metallic material on the dress, in order to cause an interest to POTENTIAL buyers.

Photo 4

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tHIS PHOTO DEPICTS TWO YOUNG PEOPLE, WHOM ARE PLACED IN A RUNNING CAR. Duffy uses the inverse colors of black and white, in order to bring emphasis to the two lights flashing on the car. the photo also makes use of depth of field, considering they main focus is on the car and the people within the car.

Photo 5

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This photo depicts a seemingly INTERRACIAL couple cuddling, in which the black man shows comfort to the white woman. Duffy uses converse colors once again, which brings the viewer into focus on the darker shades depicted. The photo although not in the clearest state emphasizes the models with the use of directional lighting.

Photo 6

This image depicts a portrait of four men placed beside each other. duffy uses the CONTRAST of black and white, which causes interest within the viewer. This is noticed due to the models all having pale skin and wearing black long sleeve shirts, which emphasizes the order of the group.

My Opinion:

dUFFY'S WORK IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING IN THE SENSE THAT HE DEFYED MANY OF THE BARRIERS WITHIN HIS TIME PERIOD,BUT THE OVER ALL QUALITY OF HIS WORK IS NOT MY TASTE. the photos are visually interesting in some cases, which are definitely my style such as his fashion PHOTOGRAPHY within vogue magazine.But in other works I am completely uncompelled by his work.

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Sources

http://www.shmoop.com/1960s/timeline.html

http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/the-day-that-lightning-struck

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/brian-duffy-sixties-photographer-dies

http://inspiredm.com/best-of-the-best-brian-duffy/

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/jun/06/brian-duffy-obituary

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2010/jun/05/brian-duffy-died-photography

http://c41.net/uncategorized/brian-duffy-the-man-who-shot-the-sixties/

Created By
Corinne Dorsey
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Created with images by Unsplash - "stars constellation sky" • berneggermario - "big ben england landmark" • Unsplash - "big ben helicopter big" • skeeze - "london eye attraction night"

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