Vernon Dewhurst graduated from Regent Street Polytechnic School of Photography in 1966 and set up his studio in Dublin for a year. He then came back to London, working at the famous Studio Five founded by John Cole in Mayfair, shooting fashion and beauty. In London, he shared a house with David Bowie, whom he photographed several times. One of his pictures became the cover of the famous Space Oddity album in 1969. A few weeks after the shoot, Vernon moved to Paris, where he worked for clients including Marie Claire, 20 Ans, Elle, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent, and photographed many French stars.