Duplicate of Joe Orton
by Lewis Morley
Having photographed the first production of Entertaining Mr Sloane a year earlier, in 1965 Morley was commissioned to photograph Joe Orton to publicise the US opening of the play. He was told that Orton wished to be photographed like a body- builder and so was startled when confronted by his slim frame. Realising that photographs of the playwright in his underwear would be deemed extremely risque’, Morley nonetheless agreed to photograph Orton as he wished.
The contact sheets above are made from Lewis Morley’s original negatives from the photographic session.