Bob Willoughby, amazing photographer

Having just spent a lovely evening watching Paris When It Sizzles, I went on a small quest for more info on the movie and came across the amazing photographer, Bob Willoughby. I was blown away by what I found and immediately began pouring through his portfolio – each photograph seemingly more beautiful than the last.

Bob has enjoyed a fantastic career in photography, having previously studied film and design, he apprenticed with several Hollywood photographers. With early assignments for Harper’s Bazaar, he was soon discovered by film studios and was the first ‘outside’ photographer hired by studios to get them space in magazines.

Branded by Popular Photography as “The man who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion picture still”. His work was literally never out of print for one week during his 20 year career in films. His photographs are held in the collections of some of the largest galleries in the world such as the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. and The National Portrait Gallery in London.

I really enjoyed some of these lesser known shots of very familiar faces.

Audrey Hepburn and Ip the fawn take a nap

Audrey Hepburn and Ip the fawn take a nap

note her little Yorkshire Terrier, Famous, at the other end of the sofa…

Billie Holiday, at the Tiffany Club

Billie Holiday, at the Tiffany Club

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

I liked the slogan…

I think the photos I enjoyed the most were of ordinary people in extraordinary moments. These are from a set called Saving Beauty, I could have put every single one up – but here are a few favourites…

Virginia and Valeria

Virginia and Valeria

I am in love with this shot (above) – so beautiful!

Anne reaching for doorof her new home

Anne reaching for doorof her new home

Almost there Anne!

bobwilloughbychildrensballetcompany1

Children's Ballet Company

I love everything Ballet and am hoping to go back and take lessons again soon…

Taina & Raoul

Taina & Raoul

Supayar, Jaipur wedding

Supayar, Jaipur wedding

Harriet Allen dreaming in her kitchen

Harriet Allen dreaming in her kitchen

enricoEnrico Colobotto-Rosso, with a wild cat (unwilling participant)

Oh, there are too many! For more amazing shots by Bob, go to www.willoughbyphotos.com or check out his photostream on Flickr

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2 Responses to “Bob Willoughby, amazing photographer”

  1. Shannon Says:

    These pictures are really gorgeous!

  2. Cindy Clemens Says:

    Sharalee..Another work of art! Love Aunt CIndy

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