Defining the 60s: Kirkland and O’Neill

Friday 18 May 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Talks Auditorium, Somerset House

Portrait of Douglas Kirkland by Françoise Kirkland; Terry O’Neill. Courtesy the artists

Explore the wild world of 1960s music, fashion, style and celebrity photography in an unique opportunity hear from Terry O’Neill and Douglas Kirkland, two renowned photographers who experienced it all up-close. While other photographers of the 1960s concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill and Kirkland realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the ‘60s, including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, The Rolling Stones, Bridget Bardot, Coco Chanel, Michael Caine and The Beatles.

Douglas Kirkland is a Canadian photographer who has been at the cutting edge of fashion, photojournalism and portraiture, working for the world’s most reputable magazines, including Look Magazine and Life Magazine, for more than 50 years. His work ranges from exquisite nudes to powerful portraits of the notable and the notorious, from photo-journalism to the catwalk.

Terry O’Neill is a British photographer, renowned for documenting the fashion, styles and celebrities of the 1960s. He has also photographed members of the British royal family and prominent politicians, showing a more natural and human side to these subjects than had usually been portrayed before.



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