Photographer’s unseen Hollywood pics ‘tip of iceberg’ (update)

April 28, 2014

The photos, which date from the 1940s, include portraits of stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Peter Sellers and Gary Cooper.

Audrey Hepburn [Picture: Copyright Roger Bamber]

The negatives were found in a ‘dilapidated filing cabinet’ at Douglas’s home in Brighton, by fellow photographer Roger Bamber who inherited his house and archive.

Another Brighton photographer, Nigel Swallow – who is setting up a studio there – is exploring the collection and reprinting 30, largely unseen, images for an exhibition at the house as part of the Brighton Artists Open Houses festival in May.

A spokeswoman for the festival told AP: ‘This is the tip of the iceberg… They reckon it will take a good few months to go through the whole archive… A five-drawer cabinet is stuffed to the gills with negs and images.’

Douglas’s career began when he bought a Leica camera from a pawnshop and sold his first picture for $30 after moving to Dallas, Texas in 1939 with his mother.

The East Sussex-born photographer sold images to the Los Angeles Times in the 1940s, heading up the photography unit at the Sun Valley News Bureau, based in Idaho, from 1948.

It was a portrait of actress Angela Lansbury, captured for Life magazine in 1949, that kick-started his career as a celebrity photographer.

Angela Lansbury and husband Peter Shaw [Picture: Copyright Roger Bamber]

Douglas returned to England in 1950 where he worked for Picture Post.

The exhibition will be open over each weekend in May; at 14 Silwood Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2LF.

2014 is the 50th consecutive year that the Silwood Road property has been lived in by a photographer.

For festival details visit

Peter Sellers [Picture: Copyright Roger Bamber]

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