Adrian Flowers

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Self-portrait.

Adrian John Flowers (11 July 1926 – 18 May 2016) was a British photographer known for his portraits of celebrities that included Twiggy, Paul and Linda McCartney and Vanessa Redgrave.

Early life[edit]

Flowers was educated at Sherborne School, the son of a former Indian Army officer. His mother was a Christian Scientist.[1]

Career[edit]

Flowers took exams at the Institute of British Photography in 1950 and set up a studio in Dover Street the same year.[1] He later had a studio in Tite Street, Chelsea.[2] He was known for his advertising work, particularly for Benson and Hedges cigarettes,[3] and also for his portraits of celebrities that included Twiggy, Paul and Linda McCartney and Vanessa Redgrave.[1][2]

Flowers' assistants included Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy,[2] and Chris Killip.[4] Rosie Potter (Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts London)

Family[edit]

Flowers married Angela Holland, who established Angela Flowers Gallery in 1970 in London. They had four children: Adam, Matthew, Dan and Francesca. Matthew Flowers[1] is the contemporary art dealer who now runs Flowers Gallery. In 1985, he married a second time to Francoise Lina, a French conference interpreter and they lived until his death in the South-West of France.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Adrian Flowers. The Times, 23 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d Adrian Flowers obituary. Amanda Hopkinson, The Guardian, 30 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ Adrian Flowers Talks to Elizabeth Avedon. Elizabeth Avedon, L’Œil de la Photographie, 3 July 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ Gerry Badger, untitled introduction to Chris Killip 55 (London: Phaidon Press, 2001; ISBN 0-7148-4028-9), p. 5

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