FOAM exhibition brings swinging '60s London to Amsterdam



2015-07-20 10:06:28

A major photographic exhibition celebrating 1960s London is drawing crowds in Amsterdam.

The renowned FOAM photography gallery is currently hosting 'Swinging Sixties London - Photography in the Capital of Cool', which aims to capture the energy of the decade.
As pop music, fashion, art, design, film and politics collided, the city became a creative epicentre that influenced the rest of the


The exhibition features work by photographers who captured some of the era's most iconic images, such as Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy, John French, Norman Parkinson, John Hopkins, John Cowan, Eric Swayne and Philip Townsend.

The varying backgrounds of these photographers is illustrated by their work, and they way in which they captured the decade's explosion of cultural and social change. From older photographers such as John French and Norman Parkinson, firmly established in the fashion world since the 1950s, to young upstarts like Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, who rebelled against the established order and brought a new vibrant style into the mainstream. 

Many of the most famous images from 60s London are portraits of the movers and shakers – rock stars, models, actors, activists and socialites – who helped create the 'scene'. They include Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Jane Birkin, Twiggy and Grace Coddington, captured in timeless black and white or vibrant colour.

Also on display are images from influential fashion shoots which turned London into the style capital of the world, and photographs by protest leader and photographer John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, who captured the spirit of political activism which bubbled beneath the surface of 60s pop culture.

'Swinging Sixties London - Photography in the Capital of Cool' is now open at FOAM, and runs until September 2.

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