A baby coot chick balancing on a water lily, a full-skirted black swan staring down the lens of a camera and a shot of Ronnie and Reggie (magpie geese) ‘marching along like a couple of villains’. These are just some of the 56 stunning images in a new, photographic exhibition at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum by artist Justin de Villeneuve.
He talks to Tom Bilson, Editor, and Richard Wilding, Designer, of Art & Architecture about his work, and we show a selection of his photographs alongside drawings and watercolours from the collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery.
Part 1: Becoming a photographer
Part 2: Self confidence
Part 3: Barnes and 'the Krays'
Part 4: Not your typical wildlife photographer
Part 5: Equipment
Part 6: Not divas, not temperamental, not expensive
Part 7: Links to more information
Justin de Villeneuve established himself in the 1960s and 70s by photographing beautiful women for the world’s leading fashion magazines.
As well as shooting covers for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Queen, he also photographed album covers, notably David Bowie’s ‘Pin-Ups’ as well as creating the iconic ‘silhouette’ picture of Marsha Hunt, star the seventies musical 'Hair'. He also photographed a seminal set of pictures for the extraordinary London department store ‘Biba’. The Hulton Getty Library now represents Justin’s photographic archive.