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 Dickens, James 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!