limited edition of 50. For shorter editions please enquire.
In the early 1950’s, Los Angeles born Bob Willoughby began his career photographing for Harper’s Bazaar. He was soon discovered by the film studios, becoming the first ‘special’ photographer, when Warner Brothers assigned him to photograph Judy Garland on "A Star Is Born", beginning a non-stop 20 year collaboration with the publicity departments of all of the major Hollywood studios. His distinction as a ‘special’ photographer emerged in the unique relationship between the world of the Hollywood film, its stars and personalities and the great magazines and periodicals of the day.
His essential art emerged in his ability to function not just as an adjunct to the production, but to create a special documentation of the course of each film. In doing so he captured with wonderful perception the actors and directors on and off the set, in moments of repose and high drama. He provided the great magazines like LOOK and LIFE with a new link to the very essence of Hollywood filmmaking.
While Willoughby is most famous as the great chronicler of Hollywood, before he began covering film production, he had already made an astonishing series of portraits of jazz musicians. Willoughby had a masterful feel for the character of his sitters, and was able to convey it even in the low lighting conditions of recording studios or when they were performing on stage.
Willoughby was honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science in Hollywood, with a major retrospective exhibition of his work. His work is in the permanent collection of: The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., The National Portrait Gallery, London, The National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK, The Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, The Museum of Modern Art, Film Department, New York, and La Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium.
Sadly, Bob passed away in late 2009 at the age of 82. He has left a strong legacy and will be greatly missed.
Each of the advertised Bob Willoughby prints are limited edition (only 50 prints). For shorter editions please enquire.
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