‘Speedy George’ Douglas

George Douglas, who has died aged 88, was a photographer with a phenomenal work rate. For four decades, from the 1940s to the 1970s, “Speedy George” astonished picture editors, colleagues and his subjects with his non-stop flow of ideas and his determination to get pictures in the bag and back in the office in double-quick time.

When Douglas passed away in 2010 his wife Jill when through old lockers in the basement, she found wonderful pictures which were taken by her late husband. Photos of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Shelly Winters, Mary Quant, Roger Moore, Vivien Leigh… and pages from an unpublished draft of an autobiography.

Current exhibition:

  • Audrey Hepburn, Portraits of an Icon | The National Portrait Gallery, London, until 20 October 2015.




BBC Art has produced an article on George Douglas, the article shows some of his amazing work which was hidden in those old lockers.


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