Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Terence Donovan Fashion
This compelling and iconic book is a wonderful glimpse into the 60’s as documented through the eyes of the brilliant photographer Terence Donovan. Not only are the images incredible but the book is beautifully written by Robin Muir, Vogue’s former picture editor.
Terence Donovan was one of the foremost photographers of his generation – among the greatest Britain has ever produced. He came to prominence in London as part of a postwar renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography. His working-class background and outlook helped change the face of British fashion photography and made him a major figure of London’s Swinging Sixties. A star in his own right, he was equally at home with celebrities and royalty as well as the ordinary girl on the street, whose mannerisms informed his photographs.
Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic image, Donovan was also master of his craft, a technical genius who strove to push the limits of what was possible. And yet despite his fame and status, there has never been a publication devoted solely to his fashion work. Terence Donovan Fashion is the first time his fashion pictures have been collected together in book form.
Arranged chronologically, from the gritty monochromatic 1960’s and 1970’s to the vibrant and colourful 1980’s and 1990’s, the book reveals how constant invention and experimentation set Donovan apart from his contemporaries and influenced generations to come.
The pictures have been selected by his wife Diana Donovan and the former art director of Nova magazine and Pentagram partner David Hillman, who worked closely with Donovan for over a decade. With text by the photographic historian Robin Muir, and a foreword by Grace Coddington, creative director of American Vogue, Terence Donovan Fashion is a landmark in the history of fashion photography.
Terence Donovan Fashion, £60.00, Edited by Diana Donovan and David Hillman, Text by Robin Muir, Foreword by Grace Coddington. Published by Art / Books.
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