The super sixties: limited edition black and white photographic prints

The super sixties: limited edition black and white photographic prints

Nigel Trow was a successful professional photographer in the 1960s before moving into art higher education. He's releasing for the first time, and exclusively to Deco, some of his works from the era, images that bring to life that most captivating decade which continues to cast a spell

By Noah Dugall
A group of Irish travellers who appeared during a photoshoot in 1963

Photography is an art form and reportage that brings time, person and place immediately to life. Nigel Trow has a fascinating archive of black and white photographs, from fashion, food and advertising campaign shots to powerful images of people and places. Deco mag is offering high quality limited edition digital prints on archival photographic paper (matt or gloss). Only 30 signed images of each photograph are available from the deco shopPictured above: Travellers with hats. Surrey, 1963. 2 1/4 square Mamiyaflex camera, HP3 film.  High quality prints from £34.99

Walls need pictures and it's great that photography has come out of the pages of newspapers and magazines to be seen as artworks. Photographs from a particular era or on a particular theme can look terrific grouped together and provide endless fascination because the more you look, the more you see and the more you wonder...who is that person? why were they there? where are they? What is that place? Have I been there? Could I go there? 

Nigel Trow's works encompass many genres. In 1961, for example, he travelled to the Faroe Islands to record daily life on a small remote island in the north Atlantic, where fishing and whaling provided people with their livelihoods. But his photographic studio at the time, Gamma, based in Guildford, was also commissioned to do a lot of advertising shoots for clients including Jaegar, Moss Bros and Birds Foods, as well as shoots for popular magazines at the time including Menswear, Tailor & Cutter and Furs International.

The fashion images are fascinating because they look very mannered to us today but they absolutely capture the essence of the '60s aesthetic. Which in some ways was far simpler and less manipulated than the visual world is today because photography of working professionals such as Nigel was ungimmicky and unadulterated, with none of the input from Photoshop we're expect with images today. 

Grandparents, The Faroe Islands 1961
The sea at West Wittering near Chichester, 1964
A fashion shoot in 1967. This model went on the marry the Aga Khan
Fur was worn widely in the 1960s.. shot for an international fur magazine
Croquet anyone? late 60s editorial shot for Menswear Magazine, shot at Glyndebourne using Hassleblad 21/4 sq HP3 camera
Menswear Magazine - is it time for men to get back into wearing opera cloaks..?

When buying photographic prints, think about how to hang them. If it's an image you love, then perhaps choose an 16x12in print size in a mount with a black frame. If it's a theme you're after, choose a group of say 4-6 A5 size images and hang them in a cluster. 

Girl in the Window from a women's fashion mag shoot, 1968, shot using Olympus 35mm camera
Couple in a boat - fashion shoot for Menswear Magazine, 1969, shot using 35mm Olympus camera
Swimwear shot for Tailor & Cutter magazine, early '60s. Shot with 35mm Olympus
A worker who seemed to be genuinely happy at work in the Fray Bentos factory in Warrington in the late '60s. Leica M3 camera, HP4 film
Iron Bridge in Shropshire, 1964. As you'll know, Iron Bridge opened in 1781 and was the first major bridge in the world to be made from cast iron. Photographed with a Hasselblad

Nigel Trow says his images reflect Britain in the '60s and it's fascinating to see particularly how fashion has changed in the past 50 years. 'I think my body of work from this time does represent a record of a decade that continues to be highly influential in many ways,' he says.