Birds of Britain
ON Saturday, photographs from the controversial 1960s book that put Swinging London on the map will be exhibited for the first time, at Snap Galleries, 12, Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1 (020– 7493 1152; www.snapgalleries.com). Birds of Britain, published in 1967, achieved immediate cult success and featured models, Society girls, singers, actresses, debutantes and movers and shakers—in short, ‘the most brilliant and beautiful women’ of Britain —all dotingly captured by John D. Green.
The ‘birds’ included Julie Christie, Dusty Springfield, Suzannah York, Mary Quant, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Faithfull, Mary-gaye Curzon and Jane Birkin; blueeyed Pattie Boyd (right), former wife of George harrison and eric Clapton, was the book’s cover star. All these plus previously unseen images will feature in the exhibition, from October 1 to November 26. On December 12, a sequel, The Big Book of Birds of Britain, will be published by Ormond Yard Press.