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Take a look at our selection of photographs from the '60s, featuring the leading movers and shakers from the swinging decade.


It was the decade that moved on from the austerity of post-war Britain and embraced youth with its flirty fashion, revolutionary designers, edgy photographers and quirky models.

You no longer had to be middle class and middle aged for people to sit up and take notice. Leading lights from the period including David Bailey, Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon came from ordinary backgrounds and were all in their early twenties as they set the sixties alight with their inspiration.

Taken from the acclaimed BBC2 series, 'Fame, Fashion and Photography: the Real Blow-Up', here are a selection of photographs featuring seminal images from the period.

Simply click on the thumbnails for a full-size image.

Mick Jagger by David Bailey
  • Mick Jagger
The Kray Brothers by David Bailey
  • Kray Brothers
Marianne Faithfull by David Bailey
  • Marianne Faithfull
Michael Caine by David Bailey
  • Michael Caine
Lennon and McCartney by David Bailey
  • Lennon and McCartney
It's Going to be Wet by Terence Donovan
  • It's Going to be Wet
Thermodynamic by Terence Donovan
  • Thermodynamic
Flying High by John Cowan
  • Flying High
Birds in Space by John Cowan
  • Birds in Space
Sitting by Barry Lategan
  • Sitting
Scarf by Barry Lategan
  • Scarf
Twiggy with plait (1966) by Barry Lategan
  • Twiggy with plait
David Frost by Lewis Morley
  • David Frost
Joe Orton by Lewis Morley
  • Joe Orton
Self-Portrait by Lewis Morley
  • Self-Portrait
Bailey and Deneuve by Lewis Morley
  • Bailey and Deneuve
Jimi Hendrix, Smoking, London by Gered Mankowitz
  • Jimi Hendrix, Smoking, London
Marianne Faithfull, The Salisbury Pub, London by Gered Mankowitz
  • Marianne Faithfull, The Salisbury Pub, London
The Rolling Stones, Out of Our Heads by Gered Mankowitz
  • The Rolling Stones, Out of Our Heads
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, London by Gered Mankowitz
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, London

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