Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953-1966

Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953-1966

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The Tiffany princess in the little black dress

An unrivaled document of one of the 20th century's touchstone beauties, by one of Hollywood's greatest studio photographers. This Collector’s Edition is limited to 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Bob Willoughby.

"People, even more than things, have to be restored,

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The Tiffany princess in the little black dress

An unrivaled document of one of the 20th century's touchstone beauties, by one of Hollywood's greatest studio photographers. This Collector’s Edition is limited to 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Bob Willoughby.

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." —Audrey Hepburn

In his distinguished career as a Hollywood studio photographer, Bob Willoughby took iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda, but remains unequivocal about his favorite subject: Audrey Kathleen Ruston, later Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston, best known as Audrey Hepburn. Willoughby was called in to shoot the new starlet one morning shortly after she arrived in Hollywood in 1953. It was a humdrum commission for the portraitist often credited with having perfected the photojournalistic movie still, but when he met the Belgian-born beauty, Willoughby was enraptured. "She took my hand like...well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men's hearts," he recalls.

As Hepburn's career soared following her Oscar-winning US debut in Roman Holiday, Willoughby became a trusted friend, framing her working and home life. His historic, perfectionist, tender photographs seek out the many facets of Hepburn's beauty and elegance, as she progresses from her debut to her iconic role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's—in which she wears the original "little black dress" by Hubert de Givenchy—and her career high of My Fair Lady in 1963. Willoughby's studies, showing her on set, preparing for a scene, interacting with actors and directors, and returning to her private life, comprise one of photography's great platonic love affairs and an unrivalled record of one of the 20th century's touchstone beauties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783836518895
Publisher:
Taschen America, LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Edition description:
Limited
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
17.50(w) x 20.40(h) x 5.80(d)

Meet the Author

About the photographer:
Bob Willoughby (b. 1927) took his first photo at the age of twelve. By 1954 his exhibitions of photographs of jazz musicians and dancers led to a contract with Globe Photos, followed by work at Harper's Bazaar. After shooting Judy Garland during filming of A Star is Born he became the first "unit photographer"—hired specifically by movie studios to take on-set promotional "stills". The author of numerous books on photography, he lived his last years in Vence, France, where he passed away December 18, 2009.

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Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953-1966 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Francophile More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had some lovely photographs and especially liked the section on "My Fair Lady." However, I returned it as it included nothing on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" which I specifically wanted as a gift to an old friend. One could not "look inside" this book, so I had no idea what it covered. It has a lot of "behind the scenes" photographs and personal photographs. I then ordered "Audrey: the 60's" which fit the bill perfectly - and is another very nice book . I think that any Audrey Hepburn fan would be pleased with either or both books depending upon what it is you want.