Terence Donovan (photographer)
|Born||Terence Daniel Donovan
14 September 1936
Stepney, East London,
|Died||22 November 1996(aged 60)|
|Occupation||Photographer and film director|
|Children||Terry Donovan, Dan Donovan, Daisy Donovan|
Terence Daniel Donovan (14 September 1936 – 22 November 1996) was an English photographer and film director, best remembered for his fashion photography of the 1960s. A critically acclaimed book of his fashion work, Terence Donovan Fashion, was published by London publisher Art / Books in November 2012. He also directed many TV commercials and oversaw the music video to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible".
Life and career
Donovan was born in Stepney in the East End of London to Lilian Constance V. (née Wright) and Daniel Donovan, and took his first photo at the age of 15. From age 11 to 15 he studied at the London County Council School of Photoengraving and Lithography. The bomb-damaged industrial landscape of his home town became the backdrop of much of his fashion photography, and he set the trend for positioning fashion models in stark and gritty urban environments. Flats and gasometers were popular settings, and he often had the models adopt adventurous poses. He wedged one model up the side of a building, and photographed another as she posed dangling from a parachute.
Along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy (nicknamed by Norman Parkinson the 'Black Trinity'), he captured, and in many ways helped create, the Swinging London of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. The trio of photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers.
Donovan shot for various fashion magazines, including Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, as well as directing some 3000 TV commercials, and the rarely seen 1973 cop film, Yellow Dog starring Jiro Tamiya. He also made documentaries and music videos, and painted.
Donovan was married twice. His first marriage to Janet Cohen was short lived; he remained married to his second wife Diana Dare until his death. He was the father of a co-founder of Rockstar Games.
- Milner, Catherine (1996-11-24). "Donovan, the 'click that launched a thousand faces', commits suicide". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Aidin, Rose (1999-03-15). "Telling it how it really was". G2 (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Vincent, Sally (2000-09-16). "Against the grain". Weekend (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- "Photography's impact on the 60s". BBC. 2002-08-09. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Andrew, Billen (2002-08-19). "Snap judgement". New Statesman. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Purnell, Sonia (2003-09-10). "Portrait of an artist's studio". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Barrell, Tony (2007-09-09). "Glamorous liaisons". Visual Arts (London: The Times). Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- http://www.terencedonovan.co.uk/flash.html Terence Donovan Archive: About Terence Donovan
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s40mv "Arena, aka Norman Parkinson", BBC TV
- City of Westminster green plaques http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/leisureandculture/greenplaques/
- Fighting Judo, by Kashiwazaki and Donovan, 1985 (Amazon.com)
- last interview