Hollywood studio photographer Bob Willoughby took iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda, but his most enduring subject was Audrey Hepburn. Willoughby was called in to shoot the new starlet one morning shortly after she arrived in Hollywood in 1953. As Hepburn’s career soared following her Oscar-winning US debut in Roman Holiday, Willoughby became a trusted friend, capturing both her work and home lives. 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 iconic beauties.
Taschen’s massive new book Audrey Hepburn collects Willoughby’s photographs in a single volume. Only 1,000 copies–almost 18 each by 20 inches and weighing over 14 pounds–have been produced. Each is signed and numbered by the photographer.