The Douglas Brothers
The collaborative accomplishments of double visionaries
Recovered artworks including historical portraits of leading British cultural figures like Damon Albarn, Alan Bennett, Tilda Swinton, Kenneth Branagh and Morrissey, taken by UK photographic duo The Douglas Brothers, will be exhibited in London this summer at the Art Bermondsey Project Space.
The photographs, some thought lost, some never seen before, were saved from being destroyed after being rescued from a condemned warehouse in King’s Cross and will go on show for the first time in June in an exhibition called SEE-SAW.
The Douglas Brothers – real-life siblings – Stuart and Andrew, were described as “the most desirable photographers of their generation” by Creative Review. They spent a decade photographing leading figures from the worlds of art, literature, film, music, sport and fashion. They were the last people to photograph Salman Rushdie before he went into hiding. Their work sat gathering dust for two decades in a disused storage unit and came close to being lost forever.
Several of the rescued works have already been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery, but The Douglas Brothers distinctive image making extended beyond portraiture and into abstract, collage, reportage, nudes and fashion. Photos spanning the entire spectrum of this remarkable body of work will go on show in SEE-SAW in London in June.