Hong Kong 1925 – Australia 2013
Terence Greer outside Gare St. Lazare
1962 Creation Notes: printed 2002
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Throughout the 1960s, Lewis Morley was employed on portrait, advertising and fashion assignments for Tatler and other UK and overseas magazines and newspapers. Through his location at the epicentre of the anti-establishment new wave satirists led by Peter Cook, Morley came to photograph the major players of the era. Here the actor and playwright Terence Greer is shown standing outside the Gare St Lazare train station in Paris looking suitably cool.
During the 1960s photographers themselves became iconic figures of the post-war recovery and their images became the vehicle for promoting the new fashion and pop culture. The new scene broke class barriers and ushered in an era of celebrity via the media. Often depreciating his success as being merely to do with being in the 'right place at the right time', Morley's cultural sensitivity and ability to do a job with flair, speed and efficiency, made it possible for him to sound his own note within the clamour of an exciting and volatile era.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra