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. Working for numerous magazines, including Vogue, Nova, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, Donovan created some of the most well-known and iconic images over the course of his four-decade career. 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. Outside fashion, he photographed public figures from the worlds of arts, politics, and business, in addition to 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.

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Jimi Hendrix, by Terence Donovan

On the 25th August 1967 Terence Donovan visited Jimi Hendrix in his temporary home at Number 9, 43 Upper Berkeley Street, W1. Donovan was by now firmly established as one of swinging London’s leading young photographers, part of the triumvirate (along with his friends David Bailey and Brian Duffy) christened the ‘Black Trinity’ by their elder peer Norman Parkinson.

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#FineArtFriday – Lemmy, by Terence Donovan

The series of compelling, pared-back studio portraits were published in the December issue of GQ and proved to be Donovan’s last significant body of work. Echoing his early days photographing the movers and shakers of the 1960s, it seems apt that Donovan was again documenting some of the figureheads of the second incarnation of ‘Swinging London’.

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