The space has Carrera marble slab flooring, bespoke lounge furniture and an electronic glass wall which slides open to reveal an outside terrace and double height 'green wall'. No one was better at capturing partly-dressed models in expensive hotel bedrooms. Among the superstars to be photographed in Donovan's over-the-top Mayfair pad were Twiggy, Nancy Kwan, Grace Coddington, Cindy Crawford, Lennox Lewis, Bryan Ferry and Richard Attenborough. Instead, he enjoyed exhibiting his abstract paintings and compiled three books of his work, all idiosyncratic, if not point-blank unusual, and none of which looked back: Glances 1983 , a book of nudes with a Freudian text; Fighting Judo 1985 , a manual of judo moves and, from 1964, the unclassifiable Women Throooo the Eyes of Smudger Terence Donovan, which never went on sale. After a year at the John French studio 1957—58 he opened his first photographic studio in 1959 aged 22.
Everybody was in and out in probably about an hour. Terence Donovan: Portraits Terence Donovan: Portraits, edited by Diana Donovan and David Hillman and featuring an accompanying essay by Philippe Garner, is published by Damiani and priced at £35. Terence got past all that and went straight into the photographs. Young editors at Queen and Town moved on to work in the expanding British edition of Vogue, and commissioned Bailey, Duffy and Donovan to make spreads. Both were glossily lit and featured Palmer surrounded by numerous glamorous, mannequin-like models.
Two magazines, Queen and Town, though conservative enough when compared to the later iconoclasms of Nova, were open to new ways of thinking about fashion. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers. Donovan's prowess was still life, fashion and portraits, in studio and on location. His talent was more suited to shooting television commercials, which formed the main part of his work in the 1980s. Terence Donovan wan born September 14, 1936, in Stepney, in the East End of London.
When Terence Donovan died in November 1996, he left behind an impressive canon of work from a near 40-year career. He exaggerated almost to the point of parody the hauteur of the high-end glossy magazine. Donovan was mainly influenced by Bill Brandt's documentary work and periodicals, in his photographs, according to the Terence Donovan Archive. Other photographers have done similar things since, but this was the first time it had been done in a mainstream magazine. His pictures give us a wonderful take on London and the fashion and people of the time. He had a relaxed but professional manner with his subjects, whether fashion models or royalty, and kept up a steady stream of banter while photographing.
In 1963 he took his first photograph for Vogue; an association that ended only with his death. Featured image is reproduced from 'Terence Donovan: Portraits. Donovan left an archive of more than a million images, made during 40 years as a professional photographer. Terence Donovan Fashion is therefore the first publication of his fashion photographs. After leaving secondary modern school at the age of 11, Donovan signed on for a course in blockmaking at the London School of Engraving and Lithography in Fleet Street. However, he established himself as a maker of television commercials and pop videos, including that for Addicted to Love 1985 by Robert Palmer, considered to be one of the most influential and memorable videos ever made. He shot formal portraits of Princess Diana in three separate sittings, as well as the Duke and Duchess of York and Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister.
Work poured in and his versatility attracted a range of clients, including the leading advertising agencies and the fashion and lifestyle magazines of the time, among them Vogue, Queen and Man About Town and later the influential Nova, Marie Claire and Elle. Donovan was a black belt in judo and co-wrote a popular judo book, Fighting Judo 1985 , with former World Judo Gold medallist Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. And he did it very well. With this, he played a important role in the Swinging London era, and he was the inspiration for many photographers, as well as youth. A Westminster Green Commemorative Plaque was placed on the front wall of the building following Donovan's death in 1996 and in 2012, bronze statues by sculptor Neal French showing Terence Donovan photographing Twiggy were placed in the street adjacent to the property.
Terence Donovan 1936-1996 is regarded as one of the foremost photographers of his generation. For ever after, in the minds of the British public, every fashion shoot would be seen as an inevitable prelude to sex and every fashion photographer as cool, totally heterosexual and utterly charismatic. Not until the 1990s did fashion photography assume a cultural importance which went beyond the fashion pages. Coddington, most noted for her role as creative director at Vogue magazine, said in a phone interview. The Sixties generation had begun to parody itself. He also made documentaries and music videos, and painted. Would you care for a drink? Featured image is reproduced from Terence Donovan Fashion.
Arranged chronologically, and with an illuminating text by Robin Muir ex-picture editor of Vogue , the book considers Donovan in the social and cultural context of his time, showing how his constant experimentation not only set him apart, but also influenced generations to come. His last interview appeared in a British photography magazine a few weeks after his death. They reacted against the high polish of the fashion world with a more casual sensibility. He was a consummate observer. Coddington recalled of her first encounter with Mr. . The studio was an instant success.
He had learnt much from John French, but was determined to establish his own style and to compete for work in the new markets which were opening up in the soon-to-be-swinging London. He told the students that, some time before, he had bought three identical suits so that he would no longer have to decide what to wear in the morning. He is a household name, regarded as one of the foremost fashion and portrait photographers of his generation — one of the greatest Britain has ever produced — but until now there has never been a wide-ranging retrospective to provide the evidence. He was born in Stepney in 1936 and his father was a long-distance lorry driver. Donovan himself was a contributor to the second issue. He joined the in 1963, gaining his Associate in 1963 and Fellowship in 1968. But Donovan's photographs, knowing and ironic, made the story a classic of the new wave.
In his final interview, a few months before his death, he insisted that his career had been motivated by the sheer enjoyment of photography — the money and fame it had brought was of secondary importance. And now thanks to a new exhibition — Terence Donovan: Speed of Light — due to open this month at The Photographers' Gallery in London you get to take a look. Terence Donovan was a giant of a man who lived for his craft. Terence Donovan both challenged fashion photography and took it for what it was, an imperfect, compromised and inevitably comic set of contradictions with which we are endlessly complicit. In his later years, he developed a love of painting and exhibited vast abstract canvases inspired by Japanese calligraphy. In 1973, he directed the feature film Yellow Dog.