Terence Donovan: Speed of Light

Image: Terence Donovan, Jarvis Cocker ‘National Anthems’ feature ‘The Great British Issue’ of GQ, December 1996 © Terence Donovan Archive. Courtesy of the Terence Donovan Archive

Terence Donovan (1936 – 1996) rose to prominence in London as part of a post-war renaissance of the creative industries and came to represent a new force in fashion and, later, advertising and portrait photography. He operated at the heart of London’s swinging sixties, socialising with and incisively capturing the scene’s chief protagonists and actors. Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic, Donovan was a master craftsman commanding both the technical and compositional to redefine studio photography.

The exhibition Speed of Light, at The Photographers’ Gallery, comprises a compelling mix of classic and well-known vintage prints as well as previously unpublished material and a selection of his video works. Rare samples of ephemera including magazine spreads, contact sheets and the photographer’s treasured cameras will also be on display. In addition, Donovan’s studio notes, previously unseen sketches and diaries will offer audiences privileged access to his creative process.

The exhibition runs through 25th September 2016. Plan your visit here.

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