Terence Donovan (Sept. 14, 1936 in Stepney, East London, United Kingdom – Nov. 22, 1996) is one of the trio of photographers Terence helped create in a high fashion and celebrity chic culture in the 60’s. Terence with Brian Duffy and David Bailey became the first real celebrity photographers.
Style Fashion, Portrait and Nude Photographer and Film Director.
Beginnings Terence Donovan attended the London School of Photo-Engraving at age 11 and started taking professional photographs at age 15. Because of the bombings in his home town he set the trend for photographing fashion models in damaged and gritty urban backdrops and in adventurous poses and backgrounds.
Career Terence Donovan worked as a photographers assistant at the John French Studio for one year before he decided to open up his own photography studio at age 22. for various magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He also made documentaries and music videos, one of the most famous being the Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” music video. He also directed 3,000 commercials. Terence co-authored a judo book “Fighting Judo” with former World Judo Gold Medalist Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, he had an interest in this project because Terence himself had a black belt in judo.
Children Terence Donovan was married twice and has three children whom were all successful. Son Terry Donovan is the founder of Rockstar Games, daughter Daisy Donovan is a television presenter and son Dan Donovan is a musician in Big Audio Dynamite.
Suicide After suffering depression from taking steroids to treat a skin condition, Terence Donovan committed suicide. He hung himself in his study at the age of 60.