Stephen Webster Hosts Premiere Exhibition of Iconic Photographer Duffy
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In his flagship US boutique, British jewellery designer Stephen Webster will host a never-before-seen exhibition of prints by renowned UK photographer Duffy. Together with Terence Donovan and David Bailey, Duffy is recognised as one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style that revolutionised the fashion industry. He produced an extraordinary body of work but destroyed most of his negatives in 1979. Fortunately, many of his pictures survived the destruction, and now, after nearly three years of painstaking archival of the surviving images, Duffy’s photographs will be shown and available for purchase. A private cocktail reception on 2nd May will open the exhibition, featuring hors d’ouevres created by award-winning chef and food writer Mark Hix. Approximately thirty photographs will remain on public display at the Stephen Webster Rodeo Drive boutique (02 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills) through the end of May. These extremely limited prints will also be sold, both framed and unframed, for the very first time in the United States.
STEPHEN WEBSTER PRESENTS THE PREMIERE EXHIBITION OF ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHER DUFFY
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills—Stephen Webster in coordination with Brit Week is honored to host a never-before-seen exhibition of prints by renowned UK photographer Duffy and an exclusive ‘Art of Tasting’ with celebrated British chef Mark Hix.
A private cocktail reception on May 2nd will open the exhibition showcasing Duffy’s iconic images of David Bowie, and featuring hors d’ouevres created by award-winning chef and food writer Mark Hix, who is flying in from the UK specifically for this event.
Approximately thirty photographs by the Swinging 60’s photographer will remain on public display at the Stephen Webster Rodeo Drive boutique through the end of May 2011. These extremely limited prints will also be sold, both framed and unframed, for the very first time in the United States.
The Stephen Webster stylist-of-the-month window will compliment the upstairs exhibit with styling by May Routh and hair by Martin Samuel, long time Duffy cohorts and costume designer and hair stylist, respectively, of the Bowie film “Man Who Fell to Earth”. This dynamic pair inspired by Duffy and Bowie will create a vibrant installation overlooking the famous via Rodeo staircase.
*** Please note the exhibition will open with a private cocktail reception on May 2nd and then be open to the public on May 3rd through the 31st ***
Brian Duffy was one of the most dynamic and inventive photographers of the 1960s. Together with Terence Donovan and David Bailey, he is recognized as one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style that revolutionized the fashion industry. They dominated the London photographic scene, constantly pushing each other to new heights.
Duffy produced an extraordinary body of work spanning all photographic genres, from portraits to reportage to advertizing. However, after more than twenty years at the cutting edge, he vanished from the scene. Ever the anarchist, one afternoon in 1979 he began the destructive, yet cathartic procedure of burning his negatives. Fortunately, not all of them were destroyed, and now, after nearly three years of painstaking archival of the surviving images, Duffy’s photographs will be shown and available for purchase.
About Mark Hix
Mark Hix was formally Chef Director of Caprice Holdings, overseeing The Ivy, Scott’s, J. Sheekey and Le Caprice, four of London’s most fashionable restaurants. In 2008, he opened Hix Oyster and Chop House in London, and Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, Dorset. His Latest restaurant, Hix, opened in London’s Soho in October 2009 to rave reviews.
Mark’s commendations include GQ Chef of the Year and Tatler Restaurateur of the Year 2009. He has written a regular weekly column for The Independent on Saturday magazine for the last 8 years, and more recently regular columns in Countrylife, Fork and Marshwood Vale. His books include British Regional Food, the winner of both a Guild of Food Writers’ Award and the Andre Simon Book Award, and British Seasonal Food, the Guild of Food Writers’ Cookery Book of the Year 2009.
Aside from the restaurants and events, Mark has been involved in a number of other projects within the catering world, including consultancy work, various cookery demonstrations and judging panels, charity events, writing and television & radio appearances. In 2007, he took part in the BBC’s Great British Menu and as one of the three finalists, took both his famous Stargazy Pie and Perry Jelly to Paris to cook for the British Ambassador’s banquet. He has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen and River Cottage.
About Stephen Webster
Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Director of Stephen Webster Ltd and a Creative Director of the world’s oldest jewellery house Garrard since 2008, is one of the leading British jewellery designers. Webster’s keen eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and glam-rock attitude has given way to dramatic creations with an eternally chic aesthetic. Having evolved into a powerful global luxury jewellery brand, Stephen Webster now boasts over 200 points of sale worldwide and 8 boutiques internationally in London, Beverly Hills, Vienna, Marbella and across Russia. Having received countless coveted jewellery awards, Webster has built a dedicated fan base and is a firm favourite with celebrities across the globe; from Madonna to Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, Mickey Rourke and Kate Beckinsale to name but a few.