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Audrey Hepburn by Photographer Bob Willoughby

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Artist: Photographer Bob Willoughby
Title: Audrey Hepburn
Year created: 1962
Medium: Elite photographic paper
Edition: Limited edition 1 of 12
Height (inches): 40
Width (inches): 30
Signed by the artist
Signed Area: back
This piece is framed.
Includes a certificate of authenticity.
History: Bob Willoughby 

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Extremely Rare limited edition 1 of 12 large 40 x 30 of Audrey Hepburn on the film set in the classic black sleeveless dress which she made her entrance into the fashion world by Hollywood's elite photographer, Bob Willoughby. This exclusive piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is Estate Stamped along with signed, numbered by Christopher Willoughbly.

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“…the man who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion picture still.” - Popular Photography Bob Willoughby, whose photographs have transformed the images of Hollywood's biggest stars, is a true pioneer of 20th century photography. He was the first "outside" photographer hired by the major studios to create photographs for the magazines, and was the link between the filmmakers and major magazines of the time, such as Life and Look. Born June 30th, 1927 in Los Angeles, his parents were divorced by the time he was born and he was raised by his mother. Bob was given an Argus C-3 camera for his twelfth birthday, providing the catalyst for what would become the key to his future. Willoughby was born in Los Angeles, California. He pursued photography after receiving a camera as a gift on his 12th birthday. Willoughby studied photography at the film school at the University of Southern California and worked under graphic designer Saul Bass at the Kahn Institute of Art. 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 (1954). 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 continued to photograph for the rest of his life. 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 authored books on photography and other subjects. He lived his last years in Vence, France, where he continued a very active professional life.


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