Terence Spencer may have spent half a lifetime photographing the rich and famous, but his own remarkable life stood comparison with any of his subjects.
Born during a Zeppelin raid in 1918, Spencer flew Spitfires for the RAF during the second world war, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Croix de Guerre for his airborne heroics.
After the war, Spencer managed to find a job that kept him at the centre of the action. He became a photographer for LIFE magazine, documenting major events and crises in areas of conflict across the globe. And you act like working in finance is a risky gig.
Spencer went on to capture 1960s Britain in all its rebellious glory, photographing a range of subjects, from the decade’s icons to the person on the street. He jokingly suggested this proved the most dangerous period of his life. After escaping numerous conflicts unscathed, the photographer claimed: “The only time I was ever hurt was when I was attacked by Paul McCartney after I discovered his hideaway in Scotland.”
Now Proud Camden is exhibiting the work of this remarkable man. Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression delves into Spencer’s extensive archive to show one of the most thrilling periods of British history through his own incomparable lens. With portraits of everyone from Muhammad Ali to Marianne Faithfull, this retrospective should prove suitable swinging. Go and pay your respects.
Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression is on at Proud Camden from 1 June-20 August 2017, proud.co.uk