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Barry Lategan (b. 1935, South Africa) is an British photographer best known for his early discovery and portraits of Twiggy. Lategan came to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His study was interrupted by a call to National Service in Germany, where he developed an interest in photography. After returning to South Africa he trained with Ginger Odes in Cape Town before returning to London in the early 1960s to open a photographic studio.
His photographs have been exhibited and retained by the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, the Olympus Gallery, the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, and the South African National Gallery. A few of his plaudits include a Clio Award for a TV commercial for Armani perfume and the Halina award for the 1986 Pirelli calendar. Over his career he has shot profusely for international editions of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and lensed numbers notables including Margaret Thatcher, HRH Princess Anne, Paul and Linda McCartney, Calvin Klein, Iman, and Grace Cottington. After living in the US throughout the 80s, Barry Lategan now lives and works in London.
Pirelli Calendar, 1988
Grace Coddington, 1971
Lesley Jones, UK Vogue, October 1968