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Frames of Morley interview from Lewis Morley, Photographer

Lewis Morley was born in Hong Kong in 1925, the son of English and Chinese parents. He was interned in Stanley Internment Camp during the Japanese Occupation between 1941 and 1945, when he was released and went to the United Kingdom with his family. He spent three years at Twickenham Art School, and lived in Paris as a painter in the early 1950s. His first published photographs were in Photography Magazine in 1957, followed by reportage in The Tatler from 1958. After a brief association with Panoramic Studios, Lewis Morley Studios was founded at Peter Cook's London club, The Establishment in 1961. During the 1960s he took the first published photographs of Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Michael Caine, Susannah York and Charlotte Rampling; as well as his key portraits of Christine Keeler and playwright, Joe Orton.

Morley emigrated to Australia in 1971, with his wife Patricia and son Lewis. Here he worked for a time with Studio Ben Eriksson, and in partnership, Babette Hayes Interior. His commercial work flourished in local style magazines like Belle, Pol and Dolly until 1987, when he retired. In 1989 the National Portrait Gallery in London created an exhibition and catalogue Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties, which toured the United Kingdom. His autobiography Black and White Lies was published in 1992, and prompted a retrospective of his work Right Time, Right Place at the State Library of New South Wales in 1993. A selection of his work was also published in the Australian Contemporary Photographers series in 1999. The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra will host his retrospective Myself & Eye in March 2003, simultaneously with the digital film documentary Lewis Morley, Photographer.

 

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