by Ronald Traeger
cibachrome print from a transparency of vintage contact sheet, February 1967
15 3/8 in. x 10 in. (390 mm x 255 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Twiggy Lawson (née Lesley Hornby) (1949-), Model and actress. Sitter in 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The first published photographs of Twiggy were taken by Lewis Morley, but it was Barry Lategan's studies of her in the Daily Express with her haircut created by Leonard that launched her as 'the Face of 1966'. Ronald Traeger photographed her on a number of occasions. This contact shows his method of working and the facsimile enlargement 'a blow-up' is inscribed by him to show Twiggy's favoured choice.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 95 Read entry
Launched by a famous cropped haircut, shaped by Leonard and coloured by Daniel Galvin, Twiggy (b.1949) was arguably the world’s first supermodel. Born Lesley Hornby, she was given the pet names ‘Sticks’ and ‘Twigs’ because of her thin legs. Named ‘The Face of 1966’ in an article by the Daily Express journalist Deirdre McSharry, she was the embodiment of the 1960s look and influenced a generation of teenagers. Her acting career developed when she appeared in Ken Russell’s film version of Sandy Wilson’s stage musical The Boy Friend (1971), and she made her Broadway debut in My One and Only (1983-5), based on music by George and Ira Gershwin. American photographer Ronald Traeger (1936-68) photographed her on a number of occasions. The contact sheet shows his method of working and is inscribed by him to show Twiggy’s favoured shots.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Blow Up: Sixties Photography Exposed (21 September 2002 - 27 April 2003)