Friday, March 8, 2013

Bud Fraker, famous Audrey Hepburn "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Photographer among other stars

Bud Fraker was born in 1916 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He became interested in photography and decided to go California to pursue a career. In 1934 he studied photography at Los Angeles City College and began working part-time at the Columbia Studios stills laboratory under his brother William 'Bill' Fraker, who was the director of the department.  Following his brother's death, Fraker was hired by Hollywood photographer A. L. 'Whitey' Schafer at Columbia.

Soon after he became the Director of Still Photography at Columbia Studios and took many photos of the stars in the late 1930s.

He moved on from there with Schafer in 1942 to work for Paramount studios in the Publicity Photography Department and assisted in the portrait gallery.  Upon Schafer's death he became the studio's own Director of Still Photography, which he did in the 1940s to the 1960's.

Among the films he did still photography on included "Twentieth Century," with Carole Lombard, "King Creole" with Elvis Presley and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn.  He took the famous portrait photos of her with the long cigarette holder, Tiffany diamond jewelry and black dress.

As a matter of fact, although he photographed many of Paramount's top stars, his most enduring work records Audrey Hepburn during the production of her first two films as a star, 'Roman Holiday' (1953) and 'Sabrina' (1954).

After that he decided to leave Paramount and he began doing freelance work for other studios while running his own photo lab. He retired in 1979.  He passed away in 2002.

Anita Ekberg
Anna Magnani
Anne Baxter

Barbara Stanwyck

Betty Hutton
Marlon Brando
Carole Lombard and John Barrymoore
Dean Martin
Elvis Presley
Clark Gable
Ginger Rogers
Tragic star Inger Stevens
Lizbeth Scott

Paulette Goddard

Sophia Loren
Rosemary Clooney
Jane Russell
Shelly Winters
Sylvia Lewis
Elizabeth Taylor
Vera Ellen
William Holden
The photographer had a great relationship with Grace Kelly as well as Audrey Hepburn as you can see below:


Grace below with Fraker:
The famous sessions with Audrey during filming and publicity shots made for the filming of "Breakfast at Tiffany's"



Audrey's great love of animals shown below:

Filming 'Tiffany's':

 Other shots of Fraker taking photos of Audrey:

 His famous photos of Audrey with the long cigarette holder have influenced many art illustrators as shown below:


Go to Deviant Art for more.  A great place to find art of all kinds.


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