Bob Collins(1924-2002), Photographer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 220 portraits
In 1956 Collins left his job as a watchmaker to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist. Working primarily in the field of popular entertainment, he documented the rise of singers and radio and television performers. His work frequently appeared in Picture Post, TV Mirror and Everybody's Magazine and he contributed illustrated articles for a number of photographic magazines. Focusing on spontaneous human-interest subjects, Collins favoured Microcord, Super Ikonta and Rolleiflex cameras and almost always used electronic flash. In 1982 the Royal Photographic Society held a retrospective exhibition of Collins' work entitled Double Image.
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