Lewis Morely: Contemporary Photographers: Australia

  • Publish Date: 1998-01-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Lewis Morley
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Lewis Morley is called The Man Who Shot the Sixties, and this collection of his black-and-white photography shows why. Dudley Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Brian Epstein, Franois Truffaut: the decade is here, in the style that earned Morley a place among the century's most adept chroniclers. A series of nude portraits of actress Christine Keeler, taken at the height of the scandal that brought down British MP John Profumo, is as much history as art. I always seem to have been in the right place at the right time, says the photographer.

In a career that spanned fashion layouts, advertising, and celebrity portraits, Morley's favorite assignments were for magazines, because of the spontaneity involved. I like magazine work because it's quick and it's urgent so it relies on an emotional response to a subject, rather than in advertising where everything is minutely planned and you spend more time in meetings than taking photographs, he recalls. His feelings show in street scenes that recall Cartier-Bresson.