If you know anything about documentary photography, you will know of the legend Terence Spencer. A survivor of WW2 (where he nearly died in an explosion and was a prisoner of war) it only made him more determined to live his life to the max. Choosing to continue to work in war zones after he left the army, his chosen career took him to Vietnam, the Middle East, and Cuba shortly after The Bay of Pigs uprising to photograph atrocities and events.
However, Spencer is more revered for his reportage of "Swinging London", which could not be more swinging if these images are to be believed!
With his return to the city in 1963, he easily embraced the lifestyle, and be-friended all the movers and shakers of the time- Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful, Freddie Mercury and Sting. So it is no wonder that The Proud Gallery, Camden has chosen to showcase his extensive archive, of fashion, subcultures, music and celebrity shoots, which span three decades, until his death in 2009.
Counting The Beatles as friends, he worked with them from the start, and was soon in demand to shoot the 'en vogue' personalities, as well as politicians, writers and pop groups for the next three decades.
Expect everything from a downtime Robert Plant hiking in the woods, to mod designer Mary Quant to a (mercifully non) close up, of Richard Branson in the bath. Spencer managed to charm his way into everyone's life!
See the exhibition for yourself
Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression
All images ©Terence Spencer/Camera Press
Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH
1st June- 20th August 2017
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