Idea Generation Gallery is proud to present the first ever full retrospective of Brian Duffy – a man who changed the face of British photography. The first ever full-career retrospective of the legendary British photographer opens to the public on July 8th 2011, coinciding with the publication of Duffy – the first and only book of the photographer’s work.

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, 1973 by Brian Duffy

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, 1973 by Brian Duffy

Duffy Retrospective
08 July – 28 August 2011

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street, London E2 7JB
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 – 6pm. Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 5pm
Admission Free

Duffy infamously quit photography in 1979 when, at the height of his career, he took the majority of his photographic work into the back garden and set it on fire. Featuring more than 160 images painstakingly rediscovered by Duffy’s son after years of searching through archives and publications around the world, this exhibition has truly risen from the ashes.

Duffy’s newly restored body of work firmly cements his place in British photography as part of the notorious ‘Black Trinity’ that defined the visual language of swinging sixties London.The resulting collection of iconic, rare and unseen works provides a veritable catalogue of 60s and 70s cultural iconography: from Hollywood royalty Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Sidney Poitier; to the greatest rock stars John Lennon, David Bowie and Debbie Harry; through to sixties beauties Jean Shrimpton and Joanna Lumley; the literary legend William Burroughs and many more.

“The thing about the photograph is there’s no smell or sound, and in a sense it tells the truth, and yet it is a lie.”

Here is the must-have book:

And if you have a birthday coming up, maybe you can ask for this special limited, numbered, boxed edition which contains a limited edition print, stamped by the Duffy archive.