Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn on the telephone, Paramount Studios, 1953. Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches, 50.8 x 40.64 cm. Signed. Estimate: from $2,500 to $3,000
This photograph is much larger than the pictures below in 'sales results of comparable work.'
Willoughby began taking photographs in 1939. Between 1948 and 1954, his exhibitions of photographs of jazz musicians and dancers led to a contract with Globe Photos. Later, he worked for Harper's Bazaar magazine where his photographs illustrated arts and culture articles.
His big break came when he was assigned by six magazines to photograph Judy Garland during the filming of A Star is Born. Subsequently he was hired by Warner Brothers to film the extensive "Born in a Trunk" sequence. This was the first time a motion picture studio hired a special or unit photographer to specifically take photographs for sale to magazines. The result was a Life magazine cover featuring a close-up portrait of the pixie-faced singer in costume. It was her second Life cover and his first .
In 1963 Willoughby built the first remote radio-controlled camera for on-set still photography. This led to other innovations that enabled him to take still photographs identical to the film footage.
Willoughby continues to photograph. He lived in Ireland for 17 years where he used his photographic skills to illustrate ancient Irish poetry text with photographs of the countryside. In addition, he has authored books on photography and other subjects. For a number of years now he has lived in Vence, France, where he continues a very active professional life.
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