Another in Vogue's long line of Americans, Virgin (1928-2006) was born in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Britain in 1957 where he became more British than the British, embracing both old and new. He wore Savile Row suits and joined a club in St James as well as enjoying the fashionable King's Road world of Mary Quant and Terence Conran. He was a formative influence on several photographers, not least Helmut Newton, who wrote in his memoirs: 'His photographs were sexy and different from anything seen before in England.' He was one of British Vogue's favourites until the mid-sixties when his work was suddenly overtaken by homegrown photographers such as David Bailey and Brian Duffy. In his time he was Vogue's most in-demand photographer, beautifully capturing the sophisticated elegance of the late 50s and early 60s .
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