Thursday, 14 January 2010
After reaching the peak of his game in 1978, upon being asked by an assistant whether there was any more toilet paper in the studio, he lost it. Big time. In his words, 'This has to end. Either by murdering my staff, killing myself or burning the whole fucking thing.' And so that very morning, he set fire to the boxes of his negatives in the back yard of his studio.
You've gotta love a man who does it his way.
The documentary shows him in failing health, using a camera for the first time since 1978, as his son curates his first ever gallery show. He still fails to see what he did as anything extraordinary. As Duffy says, 'It's a very modern thing, you know, photography as art.'
The documentary is available to view on iPlayer. Or read more about Duffy here.
PS: How creepy is that photo of Reggie Kray boxing with his sinewy old Grandad? Eurgh.