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Photograph - Ossie Clark, Bible

Ossie Clark, Bible

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1969 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lee, Jim (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type print. These are new prints.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jim Lee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2H, shelf DR7, box PHOTO

Jim Lee is a London-based photographer and film director. He began his career as a fashion and advertising photographer in the 1960s, working primarily in London and Paris for titles such as The Sunday Times and Elle. In the 1970s he became known for collaborations with a young Anna Wintour (then an assistant fashion editor at Harper’s & Queen) and his innovative shoots mixing high fashion with unexpected locations in a style that is now commonplace, but at the time felt ground-breaking. "People were doing such boring images," said Lee in a recent interview (Independent, 30 August 2015), "It was all just people standing there and the clothes. I just thought, why not make it interesting and tell a story?" His models, such as his former wife, Sally Lee, often appear as heroines of their own dramatic stories, he explained, "I wanted to make women seem important because, after all, these pictures were selling women's clothes."

In 1975, he followed Anna Wintour to New York and they continued to collaborate, producing images for the magazine Viva and clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's. He later moved into film directing, creating television commercials and feature films.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)


1969 (photographed)


Lee, Jim (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

C-type print. These are new prints.

Object history note

Acquired directly from the artist

Descriptive line

Photograph by Jim Lee, 'Ossie Clark, Bible', resin coated C-type colour print, 1969, printed 2015


Photographic paper


C-type process; Photography


Fashion; Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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