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Lewis Morley archive to go to National Media Museum, Bradford (UPDATED)

The National Media Museum in Bradford is in final stages of acquiring tens of thousands of photographs and personal papers from the acclaimed British photographer Lewis Morley. Morley died at the age of 88, at his home in Sydney, Australia, recently and members of his family are carrying out his wish that his images and papers be made available to the public, rather than sold on the open market.

Paul Goodman, head of collections, projects, at the museum said: “It was with great sadness that the National Media Museum learned of Lewis Morley’s death last week.

“However, we are privileged to announce that we are concluding plans to consolidate his extensive archive in Bradford by the end of this year.

“The Lewis Morley Archive is currently split between Palm Springs in the USA and Sydney, Australia, and comprises a comprehensive selection of prints, including some of his best-known work, accompanied by his complete accumulation of negatives and extensive personal ephemera and correspondence.

“This major addition of work to the National Photography Collection by a significant photographer underlines our continuing commitment, wherever possible, to acquire complete or extensive archives of key practitioners, rather than selecting individual or small groups of work.

“Achieving this ambition allows us to preserve and celebrate the legacy of these individuals, presenting as full a picture as possible of their work and what was involved in producing them, whilst evidencing their modus operandi.”

Among the collection are photographs and papers pertaining of the notorious Profumo scandal, involving Christine Keeler, of 1963.

Mr Morley famously photographed Christine Keeler, naked and astride a chair, at the height of the scandal. Mr Morley also photographed the rising stars of the 1960s, such as models: Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy, satirists Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett, comedian Barry Humphries, actors Michael Caine, John Hurt, Tom Courtenay, Peter O’Toole and Charlotte Rampling, and playwright Joe Orton.

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The Guardian carried a full obituary by Terence Pepper of the NPG here:

Details of the archive's move to Bradford is here:

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