In 1972 Duffy was teaching photography whilst studying fine art at
Liverpool Art College. He began to question the studio based ethos which
he saw as institutionalised and predictable and chose to work outdoors
for new challenging possibilities. Armed with a small brown
leather suitcase containing string, tape, chalk, charcoal, staple gun,
note pad and pencil Duffy had by 1975 refined his way of working and
simply left notes and directions as to where he and his artwork could be
found. This period produced some challenging works in the derelict
buildings of and
led to the then radical "Live Art" in London and international attention.
In 1976 he produced the "" which combines his long term use of photography
within the context of a time based interactive installation. These
images continue to this day to identify his creative ability to
exemplify the ethos "less is more". Encouraged by
Lillian Gethic of the Peterloo Gallery Manchester evolved and achieved great success at the Spectro gallery, receiving many
exciting and encouraging reviews nationally and internationally, and a
half hour radio programme on BBC World News by Valentine Topalov.
By 1981 at the time of the Toxteth riots Duffy was already realising his
need to move on and produced the . The need to re-evaluate led to
environmental works in , inter-active work in
in West Germany and the exhibition.