Lewis Morley 1925-2013

Christine Keeler, London 1963. Keeler had been living with society doctor Stephen Ward, who introduced her to John Profumo, Minister of War in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government. Another of her frequent visitors was the Soviet naval attaché Eugene Ivanov. Pressure from Fleet Street scandal sheets forced Profumo’s resignation, Stephen Ward to suicide and Keeler to be imprisoned. Morley photographed Keeler in his studio above The Establishment at the behest of Peter Cook as publicity shots for a future film. As Morley has noted: “My own driving force has always been more emotional than intellectual and so the Sixties was also my period in that it sex became the great leveller. People had always experimented but in the Sixties it was done openly. When Christine Keeler was paid some subtantial amount of money to give her story to the newspapers, such things became common knowledge… Profumo resigned his post and the Government was brought
into chaos and disrepute, and another of ‘our beloved institutions’, this time a central one like the Government, turned to dust.”

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