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Ossie Clark Plane Crash 1969

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, photographed)
    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1969 (photographed)
    2006 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lee, Jim (photographer)
    Clark, Martin (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type colour photograph on resin-coated paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jim Lee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 14

This image was initially photographed for an Ossie Clark poster of a Celia Birtwell print called the ‘ Target ’. This was one of only four images taken. Lee has expained that the idea behind the image was to make it look as if the woman had crashed the plane, got out of it and simply walked away unscathed. During this shoot however the man who was detonating the explosion used an iron bar to hold down the detonator but by the fourth attempt the bar had heated up which actually set off the last explosion too soon and he was very badly burnt.

Physical description

Colour fashion photograph showing model wearing an Ossie Clark dress standing in a field with a crashed plane in the background. The camera used was a Nikon F with a 200mm telephoto lens which compresses the elements of the image together so it appears that the woman is walking away from the plane having just survived the crash.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, photographed)
London (printed)


1969 (photographed)
2006 (printed)


Lee, Jim (photographer)
Clark, Martin (printer)

Materials and Techniques

C-type colour photograph on resin-coated paper

Marks and inscriptions

Artist signature at the bottom right in blue ink.


Height: 102 cm sheet, Width: 76 cm, Height: 94 cm image, Width: 76 cm

Object history note

This image was initially photographed for an Ossie Clark poster of a Celia Birtwell print called the ' Target ' print. This was one of only four images taken.

Historical context note

Jim Lee established himself as a leading international photographer based in London, Paris, Milan and New York, shooting for such clients as Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. His great breakthrough was meeting the diva of fashion editors, Anna Wintour, at that time the assistant fashion editor at Harpers and Queen, who he regularly collaborated with to produce some of his best work, which continued years later after they both moved to New York. Central to his work is the concept of telling stories which he creates using casts of three or three hundred and extraordinary locations and props. He has recently re-emerged as an active photographer working on numerous magazine editorials with top fashion stylists.

Jim Lee has recently moved seamlessly into directing TV commercials, his first film was for Levi's followed by several fashion and beauty commercials. In 2003/4 he had six photographs showing in the Ossie Clark retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

see also: http://www.jimleefilm.co.uk/

Descriptive line

'Ossie Clark Plane Crash 1969', photographed by Jim Lee in 1969, possibly in England, printed by Martin Clark at the RCA, London, 2006.

Labels and date

‘Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography’, 2014. Label text:

Jim Lee (b.1945)
Plane Crash
Fashion by Ossie Clark

The designer Clark was interested in the power of photography as a creative medium. He collaborated with Lee to produce a series of images presenting his clothes in unconventional and provocative ways. Several of these were displayed as posters at Quorum, Clark’s shop on the King’s Road in London.

C-Type print
Given by Jim Lee
Museum no. E.14-2006
[07 03 2014]

Production Note

Printed from the original negatives by a student of the Royal College of Art, London.


Resin-coated paper


C-type colour photography

Subjects depicted

Biplanes; Explosion; Woman


Fashion; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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