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Speed of Light: Terence Donovan at The Photographers’ Gallery

15 July 2016
Metro is thrilled to be supporting the first major UK retrospective of acclaimed British photographer Terence Donovan (1936 - 1996) who rose to prominence in 1960’s London as part of a post-war renaissance of the creative industries.

Operating at the heart of London’s swinging sixties Donovan observed and socialised with some of the most prominent characters of the era including actors, musicians and royalty. He came to represent a new force in fashion photography followed later by a high profile advertising and portrait photography career spanning nearly 40 years. A master of his craft he was a technical genius who pushed the limits of what was possible with a camera, redefining studio photography at that time.

Presented over two floors the exhibition reflects the breadth of Donovan’s career and the originality that he brought to the different genres and mediums in which he worked.  Guest curated by Robin Muir, writer, curator and former picture editor of Vogue and Alex Anthony of the Terence Donovan Archive it comprises a mix of classic and well-known vintage prints as well as previously unpublished material and a selection of his film and video works, such as his collaborations with musicians Robert Palmer and Malcolm McLaren.

Additionally it offers insight into the little-seen processes behind Donovan’s work including his personal cameras, studio notes, contact sheets, previously unseen sketches and diaries, plus early magazine spreads from Man About Town (later Town).  Metro have been involved on many levels of production, scanning original prints and producing and framing C Type and black and white fibre prints, in addition to producing a bespoke floating box frame which houses beautifully 144 small images.

For more information about the exhibition

Terence Donovan: Speed of Light
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW

Exhibition dates: 15th July - 25th September 2016
Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm; Thursday: 10.00am - 8.00pm; Sunday: 11.00am - 18.00pm

Free entry before 12 noon
Exhibition Day Pass: £3 (£2.50 Concession)
Advance Booking Online: £2.50 (£2.00 Concession)
Full list of concessions & exemptions

1-4. Exhibit at The Photograhers Gallery © Sara Naqvi
5. Terence Donovan, self portrait GQ, December 1996 © Terence Donovan Archive 
6. 'The Heavenly Suited’ Nova, September 1972 © Terence Donovan Archive
7. Terence Stamp ,Vogue ,July 1967 © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd / Courtesy Terence Donovan Archive
8. Clotilde in ensemble by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé, 1978 © Terence Donovan Archive
9. ‘Thermodynamic’ About Town Suit by Jaeger January 1961 © Terence Donovan Archive

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