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Bob Willoughby’s beautiful photos of life and death from Cork, Tipp and Kerry. 

With his artfully informal shots of Audrey Hepburn and Chet Baker, the American photographer Bob Willoughby, who has died of cancer aged 82, defined the youthful glamour of the 1950s. Hired by studios and record companies to make actors and musicians look good, Willoughby went beyond his brief to deliver portraits of an idealised elegance particular to its time.

In 1972, after almost 30 years of such work, he retired and moved to southern Ireland, where he lived with his wife, their four children and his mother-in-law in a castle on Courtmacsherry Bay, County Cork. He published his own translations of early Irish poetry in a volume titled Voices of Ancient Ireland in 1981, and volumes devoted to his photographs of Hepburn, Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor appeared in Germany, Japan and elsewhere. 

He passed away in Venice in 2009. Loads of amazing pics here.

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