Tuesday, January 27, 2015


 1.21.15: famed celeb photographer Guy Webster signed his Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons: the Photography of Guy Webster book in Venice CA at a well attended event at In Heroes We Trust boutique around the corner from his studio. 

Webster has photographed the top echelon of actors and musicians for the last half century, beginning with his notorious bathroom portrait on the cover of the debut LP of million-selling, 1960s hipster vocal group The Mamas and The Papas. He is known for bringing a studio quality to candids and vice versa, but I associate his style with that of summoning dreamlike memories of stars rather than playing up their most stereotypical qualities, infinitely better.

Above, the book's co-author and West Coast entertainment biz historian Harvey Kubernik displays my copy of Cinema Magazine with Webster's cover portrait of The Mod Squad-era Peggy Lipton, which Webster, seated behind his tome, graciously autographed (below right.) The photographer said even he didn't own a copy of the periodical. As a teen in 1968 I had purchased it because an acquaintance was featured modeling in a full page ad. Of course the rest of the magazine proved enlightening to future cinema and photography interests. Below left, Kubernik and Webster confer.

 Below, Webster signs panties, hence the rock vibe...

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