“The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn’t what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.” -Terence Donovan
Terence Donovan (1936-1996) was a noted photographer and film director, known for his iconic fashion photography and for documenting ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s. Donovan, along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy, formed the trio dubbed by Norman Parkinson as the ‘Black Trinity’ and became the first celebrity photographers.
Working for magazines, including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, Donovan created some of the most well-known and iconic images over the course of his four-decade career. Outside fashion, he photographed the worlds of arts, politics, business, and members of the British Royal Family. Subjects include Twiggy, Sophia Loren, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Sean Connery, Bryan Ferry, Jarvis Cocker and Jimi Hendrix. His sittings with Diana, Princess of Wales, are included in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery. Donovan also directed television commercials, documentaries, film and music videos, including Robert Palmer’s iconic ‘Addicted to Love’. In addition to his work as a photographer, he was also a black belt in judo.