BOB WILLOUGHBY

16 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER 2014

Bob Willoughby received his first break in 1954 when Warner Brothers asked him to photograph Judy Garland on the set of A Star Is Born, for Life Magazine. Willoughby's career went from strength to strength from that point on and he quickly became one of the most sought after photographers of his time.

Willoughby was the first outside' photographer employed by studios to document the making of films. His work forms a visual who's who of cinema, rock and jazz music, theatre and dance over 20 years. He covered the making of over 100 films including The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and My Fair Lady, and had a unique ability to capture the individual essence of each film he documented. His sitters include Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Dustin Hoffman, Chet Baker, Elvis Presley and The Rat Pack.

Our exhibition will include iconic images of a multitude of stars from the 1950s and 60s, including Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft on the set of The Graduate, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra casually playing Blackjack at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Audrey Hepburn between takes on the set of My Fair Lady, Chet Baker recording the music for My Funny Valentine and the great saxophonist Big Jay McNeely in concert.

Both a star behind the camera and technical innovator in front of it, Willoughby's photographs were never out of print during his 20 year career in films. As a testament to this his photographs are currently held in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery in both London and Washington DC, as well as many other significant international photography institutions around the world.

MILES DAVIS, 1950 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MILES DAVIS, 1950

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PETER O'TOOLE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, 1962 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PETER O'TOOLE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, 1962

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BIG JAY MCNEELY, 1951 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BIG JAY MCNEELY, 1951

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BILLIE HOLIDAY, 1952 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BILLIE HOLIDAY, 1952

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CHET BAKER, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHET BAKER, 1953

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CHET BAKER, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHET BAKER, 1953

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CHET BAKER, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHET BAKER, 1953

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GERRY MULLIGAN, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GERRY MULLIGAN, 1953

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AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953

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AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953

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AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1953

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RICHARD BURTON, 1953 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

RICHARD BURTON, 1953

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VINCENTE MINNELI, 1954 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VINCENTE MINNELI, 1954

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JAMES DEAN, 1955 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JAMES DEAN, 1955

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FRANK SINATRA, 1955 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRANK SINATRA, 1955

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LEE MARVIN, 1956 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LEE MARVIN, 1956

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ROCK HUDSON, 1957 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROCK HUDSON, 1957

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VINCENT PRICE, 1958 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VINCENT PRICE, 1958

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AUDREY HEPBURN, 1958 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1958

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FRANK SINATRA, 1959 by BOB WILLOUGHBY (1927-2009) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRANK SINATRA, 1959

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