DONOVAN, Terence. Women Throooo The Eyes of Smudger…..
(London): Kynoch Press, 1964. First edition. Quarto. Unpaginated. The photographer's super scarce first book. Part of a series published by the Kynoch Press of Birmingham in association with the Designers and Art Directors Association (DADA) where each invited artist was allowed to produce a monograph as a piece of visual, personal expression. This volume contains 18 black and white photographic reproductions by Donovan with one line of text running along the bottom edge of each page. Publisher's salmon pink text sheet laid-in. Donovan was a key player in the English movement in fashion photography in the 1960s, his eye was altering the way the world perceived women. Gone was the haughty, stylised lady of the 1950s who led the impossibly glamorous life of the rich and famous. Enter someone young and touchable, someone who was part of the world in which you lived and someone you wanted to be. The world started to look to London for inspiration, and the whole youthquake was born. Vidal Sassoon was combing out those beehives, giving hair a cut and a freedom it had not experienced in many years; Mary Quant was snipping off skirts into minis that were barely respectable. Donovan was recording all of this, taking us out of frosty locations such as Belgravia to the streets of his youth in the East End. A very good copy, wrappers worn and grubby. Rare, OCLC locates a single copy worldwide.
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