Throughout the 1960s Lewis Morley was employed on portrait, advertising and fashion assignments for Tatler and other English 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. At this time photographers themselves became iconic figures of the post-war recovery; their images became the vehicle for promoting new fashion and pop culture. The new scene broke class barriers and ushered in an era of celebrity via the media. Often deprecating 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.
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