Deaths elsewhere

March 30, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers


Helped define glamour photography

Peter Gowland, whose exuberant, sun-drenched swimsuit photos and self-designed large-format cameras helped define glamour photography for six decades, died March 17 at his Los Angeles home of complications from surgery for a broken hip, said Alice Gowland, his wife of 68 years. He was 93.

The son of actors Gibson Gowland and Sylvia Andrew, Mr. Gowland grew up on motion picture sets. After attending Hollywood High School, he worked as a dress extra - often in tuxedos and other formal wear - in movies.

His interest was in being behind the camera, however.

Mr. Gowland prowled the studios learning lighting techniques and shot portfolio pictures of actors during breaks in production.

During World War II, Alice Gowland began selling copies of pinup photos her husband had shot on the beach. When Mr. Gowland was discharged from the military in 1946, the pair launched their glamour photography business.

Throughout the rest of Mr. Gowland's career, his wife was at his side. She cataloged the more than 100,000 negatives he shot.

In time, Mr. Gowland would shoot more than 1,000 magazine covers. He lectured on glamour photography throughout the United States and Europe and was the author of 26 books on photography.

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