BOB WILLOUGHBY, Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1, until 4th October 2014
Bob Willoughby, as this exhibition shows first became known for his photographs of jazz musicians but in 1954 he was asked by Warner Brothers to photograph Judy Garland on the set of A Star Is Born, for Life Magazine and a new career beckoned giving him unprecedented access to the film sets.
Over the next twenty years he photographed the making of films, including The Graduate, My Fair Lady and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and as the photographs show he was skilful in capturing the essence of the films he was working on. An innovative photographer he created many memorable images of stars such as Rock Hudson, Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley and Chet Baker which still beguile us today. His son Christopher said that he formed friendships with many of the stars, especially Audrey Hepburn and her family.