Delicious genius: Duffy exhibition

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"I don't give a f*** what anybody thinks about me...I never wanted to be famous. Why? For what? So the doorman at Harrods can recognise me? What I care about is what my kids think about me, and what my grandchildren think of me - the fact that they think I'm a genius is delicious." - Brian Duffy

A show of work by legendary British photographer opens at Gallery Vassie in Amsterdam on Tuesday just over a year after his death.

Known to friends and colleagues by his surname, Duffy formed a working rivalry with his contemporaries in the field David Bailey and Terence Donovan. The press dubbed them "the terrible trio" for their innovative documentary fashion and celebrity photography.

Having started his career at Vogue magazine, Duffy became better known than many of the beautiful faces he snapped. He turned his lens on Blondie, Michael Caine, William Burroughs, Jean Shrimpton and David Bowie, shooting the album cover for Bowie's 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

In 1979 he famously signalled his self-removal from the photography business by setting fire to his transparencies and negatives in a huge garden bonfire.

Thankfully not all the images were destroyed and a selection of salvaged images can be seen for the first time out of London at Gallery Vassie.

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