2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Audrey Hepburn’s birth ((1929-1993) and the 10th anniversary of the passing of renowned photographer Bob Willoughby(1927-2009).
This is the first time such a comprehensive collection of Bob’s most memorable photos of Audrey is shown in Hong Kong. The 90 intimate and candid photographs – one for each year since Audrey’s birth – have been carefully curated by Douglas So, Founder and Director of F11 Foto Museum, with the help of Bob’s son, Christopher. They cover the 1950s and ’60s period when she was at the peak of her fame. The photographs include stills from Audrey’s best-known movies, among them rare candid shots captured behind the screen.
Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, an Oscar and Emmy winning actress or an ambassador for UNICEF still remains one of the greatest inspiration for us today.
Bill Willoughby first met Audrey Hepburn in 1953, when he was called in to shoot the new starlet one morning shortly after she arrived in Hollywood in 1953 and he was enraptured. "She took my hand like... well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men's hearts," as the photographer recalled.
And thus born a friendship which remained decades, allowing him to take behind-the-scene pictures of Audrey, especially during her filming of ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘Green Mansions,’ ‘Paris When it Sizzles,’ ‘The Children’s Hour,’ and ‘Two for the Road.’. Also the photos of Audrey at home, as wife and mother.
Bob Willoughby’s son, Christopher Willoughby worked closely with the founder of F11 Foto Museum, Douglas So, to select the images. Douglas So has always been a huge fan of Audrey and all his visitors have always asked when he will have an exhibition of Audrey. The exhibition brings great joy to Christopher, and he is grateful that it is in his father’s vision.
The exhibition is open for public viewing from 2pm to 7pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays). Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 6516 1122 for group visit appointment.
Admission Fee: HKD100 for adults. HKD50 for students and seniors aged 65 or above. Free admission for the disabled and children aged 11 or below.