by Ian Burley
Top photographer set to choose our big winnerBarry Lategan, a much-celebrated photographer and Olympus afficionado, will judge the finalists in our ongoing photography competition, which closes at the end of this month. It's not too late to enter - full competition details can be found here.
Perhaps best know for being the photographer who propelled the legendary sixties supermodel, Twiggy, into the limelight, Barry has also earned recognition as a top photographer on both sides of the Atlantic.
Born in South Africa in 1935, Barry Lategan came to England in the 1950’s to study theatre at the Bristol Old Vic. His theatrical training was however interrupted as he had to undertake national service in the Royal Air Force in Germany. Whilst there a visit to a photographic club on the camp, sparked an interest and passion that exists to this day.
Returning to South Africa, Barry’s enthusiasm for photography was encouraged by his mother and through recommendation, a photographer offered him a job. To this day Barry always remembers what the photographer said; “you’re a lucky man if you can make your hobby your work”.
Barry opened his first London studio in 1965 photographing for a hairdresser who introduced him to an unknown model by the name of Leslie Hornby. Referred to as “Twigs” by her boyfriend Justin De Villeneuve, Barry suggested she call herself Twiggy professionally. The photo shoot and resulting images were published in The Express newspaper, which proclaimed Twiggy the face of 1966. Barry’s iconic image of Twiggy was not only an influential factor in her career but to this day remains an unforgettable image.
In 1977 Barry moved to New York with an impressive portfolio of work published worldwide in Vogue, Harpers and various lifestyle magazines. He received the Halina Award for the 1988 Pirelli calendar and a Clio Award for a Giorgio Armani television commercial. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society (RPS). The diverse line up of people and subjects photographed includes amongst others, Paul McCartney for his first album Wings and various exhibits in museums such as the V & A and South African National Museum.
See Barry Lategan's official website: barrylategan.com
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