© estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London
Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise
by Bob Collins Click on the links below to find out more
bromide print, 1963
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (244 mm x 190 mm) image size
Given by Rudolph John Acton, 2003
- Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer. Artist of 220 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Both comics were keen photographers but Collins considered Morecambe the more committed of the pair. He was President of the Harpenden Cine Society and carried a Canon C8 Cine camera and a 35mm Practica IV with him on trips.
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