Terence Donovan (photographer)

Terence Donovan (photographer)

Terence Donovan (September 14, 1936November 22, 1996), was a celebrated British photographer and film director, perhaps best remembered for his fashion photography of the 1960s, or for the music video to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love".

He was born in Stepney in the East End of London, and took his first photo at the age of 15. 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 (photographer), he captured, and in many ways helped create the "Swinging London" of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. Both 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 commercials, and a 1973 movie "Yellow Dog". He also made documentaries and music videos, and painted.

Donovan was also a black belt in judo and co-authored a popular judo book "Fighting Judo" with former World Judo Gold medallist Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. [ [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Judo-Katsuhiko-Kashiwazaki/dp/0720715946 "Fighting Judo", by Kashiwazaki and Donovan, 1985] (Amazon.com)]

Donovan committed suicide, by hanging himself in his study, after suffering depression as a result of steroids he'd been taking to treat a skin condition.

Donovan was married twice, and is the father of television presenter Daisy Donovan, founder of Rockstar Games Terry Donovan and musician Dan Donovan (of Big Audio Dynamite).

Further reading

*cite news | first=Catherine |last=Milner | title =Donovan, the 'click that launched a thousand faces', commits suicide| work =| language =English | publisher =Daily Telegraph| date =1996-11-24 | url= http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1996/11/24/ndona24.html | accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=Rose|last=Aidin | title =Telling it how it really was| work =G2| language =English | publisher =The Guardian| date =1999-03-15 | url= http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,314505,00.html | accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=Sally |last=Vincent| title =Against the grain| work =Weekend| language =English | publisher =The Guardian| date =2000-09-16 | url= http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,368805,00.html | accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=|last=| title =Photography's impact on the 60s| work =| language =English | publisher =BBC| date =2002-08-09 | url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/2178366.stm| accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=Billen |last=Andrew | title =Snap judgement| work =| language =English | publisher =New Statesman| date =2002-08-19 | url= http://www.newstatesman.com/200208190025| accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=|last=| title =Portrait of an artist's studio| work =| language =English | publisher =Daily Telegraph| date =2003-09-10 | url= http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2003/09/10/pdo10.xml&sSheet=/property/2003/09/10/ixpmain01.html | accessdate =2007-09-10
*cite news | first=Tony |last=Barrell | title =Glamorous liaisons | work =Visual Arts | language =English | publisher =The Times | date =2007-09-09 | url =http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article2393093.ece | accessdate =2007-09-10


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ee also

* [http://www.terencedonovan.co.uk/flash.html Terence Donovan Archive]

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