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Chris Duffy is the son of legendary 60‘s British Photographer Brian Duffy.

From an early age a camera was in his hands and he also had the influence of his father’s friends and peers, including David Bailey and Terence Donovan, with their numerous debates on photography around the kitchen table. Chris is perhaps the only photographer to have assisted all three, nicknamed The Black Trinity by Norman Parkinson.

 At 17 Chris began work as a trainee film processor but after a year started assisting Duffy as a third assistant, quickly working his way up to studio manager. He traveled the world with Duffy for nearly seven years and then in 1979 established his own studio. During the 80’s Chris worked as one of the top music photographers (Bowie / Adam Ant /Steve Strange / Sade/ Spandau Ballet etc.) and later moved into shooting moving images – forming a film production company with Duffy for both commercials and pop promo production. Chris moved to LA in the early 90’s, working there as a director of photography until 1997.

 In 2005 his father was diagnosed with a degenerative lung disease and together they sifted through all of Duffy’s remaining photographic material to put together an archive of his work, which Chris now oversees today. He continues to shoot outside of commercial restraints, promotes Duffy’s work and is a well-regarded speaker.  

Mr Brainwash, London 2013