Art against the grain
GEOFFREY Lee, a freelance photographer who captured much of the glamour of the '50s, '60s and '70s for major fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, is showing some of his works at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery until January 21.
An assistant to the celebrated photographer Helmut Newton in Melbourne during the '50s, Lee spent time in London during the '60s and worked alongside some of the most famous photographers of the day including David Bailey, Lord Snowdon and Terence Donovan.
While much of his work was capturing the glamour of the fashion industry, he also undertook portraits and many other assignments. Some of the most famous names he photographed in- clude Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen's cousin, Lady Dudley.
Returning to Sydney, Lee opened a studio in Rose Bay and worked there through the '70s and '80s. In recent years, he moved to the Gold Coast before settling in Coffs Harbour nearly a year ago.
Lee's photographs are hanging in the Gallery alongside a show by Ted Hillyer, the well-known regional artist whose figurative work captures the sand, the sun and the surf of the Coffs Coast, and Chris Hundt, the gallery's featured artist whose paintings relive the halcyon days of childhood summer holidays.
Against the Grain, an exhibition by TAFE Furniture Design graduate students is also currently on show.