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A Stamp or two from the album…


Terence Stamp, 1967 © Rob Walls

In 1967, I was hired by UPI to shoot publicity stills for the John Schlesinger film of Thomas Hardy’s, Far From the Madding Crowd. Ten days of big budget movie promotion with Julie Christie, and Terence Stamp. A week of hard work and hard partying; dining on venison at Longleat with the Marquess of Bath, chartered trains to tour Hardy country, fine wines, unlimited Cuban cigars…and a brief to individually photograph a hundred invited journalists from all over the world, talking with the stars. Motor drives were just coming in but I had yet to afford one and shooting 30 rolls of Tri-X a day, I blistered my thumb on the milled wind lever of my Nikons.

Terence Stamp had just come back from filming a Western in Texas (Blue) for which he had had his hair bleached. In those days when grooming was considered an essential part of status, I couldn’t help think how scruffy he looked. He was just trend-setting. It would be a year or two before I adopted a more hippy style.  And in hindsight, he just looks so damned cool! Still does…

Terence Stamp in interviews for "Far From the Madding Crowd"

Terence Stamp in interviews for "Far From the Madding Crowd", © Rob Walls1967


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Shameless name-dropping

When you begin to look backward on a life, it is usually the people you have encountered that drift through the eye of memory. This is a list of some of the people I have been privileged to photograph in the last 47 years: some famous, some now forgotten, some notorious, some criminal, many long dead, some were photographed at press conferences, some on news or feature assignment and some on a one-to-one basis. None were photographed by papparazzo methods but then most were photograped in an era when there still existed a respectful distance and a symbiotic relationship between photographer and subject. Many of the names here may be unfamilar or even unknown to a younger generation (“Hey, did you know Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?”) so I’ve linked the names to online biographical information. The list is by no means complete, but it is reassuring to me that my memory is still in such good shape.

To begin: Mary Quant, Michael Caine, V.S. Naipaul, Bob Dylan, Saddam Hussein, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Ryan (last man legally executed in Australia), Prince Charles, Steve McQueen, Sir Robert Menzies, Terence Stamp, Bryan Brown, The Bee Gees (Hamburg tour 1969), Robert Carrier, Monica DickensJames Coburn, Neil Diamond, Rolf Harris, Noel Coward, Lulu, Princess Margaret, Cliff Richard, Joan Sutherland, Sandi Shaw, Clint Eastwood, Luciano Pavarotti, John Howard, Richard Burton, Sharon Tate, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr (who? See Michael Caine), Paul Schofield, Diana Rigg, Harold Holt, John Pertwee, Richard M. Nixon, Barry Humphries, Tom Jones, Alan Bond, Lee Kwan Yew, Twiggy, Peter Lawford, Sir Gustav Nossal, Andre Simon, Ginger Rogers, Stephane Grapelli, Diana Ross and the Supremes, David Boon, Charlton Heston, Spike Milligan, Queen Elizabeth, Sydney Nolan, Lee Trevino, Jack Thompson, Odemegwu Ojukwu, Rene Rivkin, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Sammy Davis Jr, Julie Christie, Yoko Ono, John Schlesinger, Gerry Marsden, Lawrence Harvey, Sir Michael Somare, John Lennon, Lionel Bart, Veronica Lake, Paul Keating, Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of,), The Who, Jean Shrimpton, Ronnie Barker, The Mamas and the Papas, Bob Brown, David Frost, Malcolm Fraser, Lord Snowdon, Robert Holmes a’Court, David Boyd, Patrick White, Bob Hawke, and last but not least as the cliche goes, Lindsay Tuffin (Lindsay who? I hear you say). The indomitable Tuffin is founder and editor of the award-winning website Tasmanian Times, who encouraged me to get blogging, after too many anecdotes had drifted off like smoke with the wine imbibed at several long and bibulous lunches). Thank you Linz!


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