I only just read that Phillip Townsend passed away earlier this year.
See Photographers I Admire – Phillip Townsend to see why I lament his loss.
As the Sixties swung and Britain subverted the old order, photographer Philip Townsend was there to record all the prime people of the time the press barons and business moguls, stars and socialites, and above all the new aristocrats of pop and rock, spearheaded by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Townsend’s entire photographic career exactly spanned that most remarkable of decades, when London was the coolest of capital cities: he took his first serious pictures in 1960 then, in 1970, he put away his cameras for good and casually consigned his pictures to a cupboard.
When he looked at them seriously a few years ago, he found a half-forgotten treasure trove.
The rescued works are now sought by magazines and newspapers throughout the world, by galleries like the National Portrait Gallery, and by collectors. The reason is simple: Philip Townsend’s pictures are the Sixties.