Eugene Vernier – A Secret Life In Focus

The Swinging Sixties & a new breed of photographers seem to appear from nowhere. Young, streetwise, anarchic, overwhelming the established strongholds of taste & convention & heralding a revolution in style…

The Swinging Sixties & a new breed of photographers seem to appear from nowhere. Young, streetwise, anarchic, overwhelming the established strongholds of taste & convention & heralding a revolution in style, they play their part in the creation of a rapidly changing fashion scene. But the truth is they are entering through a door already opened by another photographer. Eugene Vernier is the photographer that broke the mould. While working for Vogue Magazine, it is Vernier’s exhilarating, imaginative images that will shift fashion photography from the conventional to the trendsetting.

As research began on the publication ‘VERNIER – Fashion, Femininity & Form’ documenting Vernier’s life & work, the author, Alistair Layzell, discovers a far more mystifying story, one that will astound those who thought they knew Vernier.  The programme follows a path through a collection of Europe’s most sensitive & specialised archives, revealing an almost spy-like web of conspiracy, deception & intrigue.

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