Lewis Morley Photographs
by Lewis Morley
Best known for his photographs of Christine Keeler and Joe Orton, Morley chronicled the new idols of sixties society in a style that captured the buoyant spirit of the times. He took up photography in 1954 and initially worked on magazines assignments for Tatler, Go! and She. Much of his work throughout the sixties was devoted to theatre photography, and he was introduced into the satirical scene of the early 1960s through his studio above Peter Cook's Establishment Club in Soho; this led on to photographing the cast of Beyond the Fringe and contributing photographs to Private Eye. Morley emigrated to Australia in 1971.
He was told that Orton wished to be photographed like a body- builder and so was startled when confronted by his slim frame.
A famous pose
Affairs with both provoked a major political scandal in 1963 and helped to pave the way for Labour's success at the following election.
- Christine Keeler (NPG P512(13))
- Joe Orton (NPG P512(16))
- Lewis Morley (NPG x38902)
- Christine Keeler (NPG x88354)
- Christine Keeler (NPG x88355)
- Christine Keeler (NPG x38963)
- Christine Keeler (NPG x38964)
- Christine Keeler (NPG x38962)
- Joe Orton (NPG x88372)
- Joe Orton (NPG x88373)
- Joe Orton (NPG x88374)
- Joe Orton (NPG x88375)
- Joe Orton (NPG x45226)
- Joe Orton (NPG x24966)
- Joe Orton (NPG x38490)
- Joe Orton (NPG x18547)
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