I to Eye.
Photographs by Lewis Morley.
T&G, 2011. 400 pp., 300 duotone & color illustrations, 9½x11".
In a career that has spanned some 50 years, Lewis Morley has worked
with equal ease in theatre, fashion, portraiture, magazine photography
and documentary reportage. His body of work, particularly his portraits
of key figures of 1960s London, is highly recognised, and with his
famous photo of Christine Keeler naked upon a chair, Morley produced
an image that is probably one of the most memorable, and most copied,
of any photographs of any time.
Born in Hong Kong in 1925 to a Chinese mother and English father,
Morley spent much of the war in a Japanese internment camp, before
being repatriated to England.
His early photographic work included magazine assignments for
Tatler before devoting himself to theatre photography and studio
portraits from a studio above Peter Cook’s nightclub The
Establishment. Through Cook he help shape Beyond the Fringe and
contributed photographs to Private Eye.
In addition to the Keeler portrait, Morley photographed many of
the most famous faces of the Sixties, including Salvador Dali, Somerset
Maugham, Joe Orton, Andre Previn, David Frost, Dudley Moore, Tom
Jones, Clint Eastwood, Judi Dench, Peter O’Toole, Charlotte Rampling,
Susannah York, Michael Caine, Barry Humphries, and celebrity couples
including John Cleese and Connie Booth, David Bailey and Catherine
Morley and his family emigrated to Australia in 1971 and he worked
extensively in colour for the first time in Pol, Woman’s Day and the
design magazine Belle. He continued his work in portraiture with
studies of Australian celebrities such as Peter Carey, Brett Whiteley, and
the young Nicole Kidman. This book includes several hundred
photographs, many published for the first time.