James Dean, On the set of 'Rebel Without a Cause', Warner Brothers Studios, 1955
Bob Willoughby was born in 1927, and after photographing jazz musicians in the late 1940s and early 1950s, found fame bytaking photographs on a myriad of Hollywood films. His iconic photographs of Hollywood’s early stars – both on and off set – took the world by storm and he was often on secondment for as many as seven different publications for any one film. With an archive that includes Jane Fonda, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, Willoughby’s work is in the permanent collection of many national and photography galleries. A close relationship with many of his subjects gave Willoughby an insight that eludes most other photographers and it is precisely this added dimension that prompted Proud Galleries to host Sinatra – An Intimate Collection in 2002, The Audrey Collection in 2011 and The Silver Age of Hollywood in 2012. Willoughby sadly passed away in December 2009.
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