Patrick Lichfield, Paul and Talitha Getty, Marrakech, Morocco, for Vogue, January 1969.
Chromogenic print, 18 x 18 inches, 45.7 x 45.7 cm. Edition of 50. Stamped. Estimate: from $3,500 to $4,500
Lichfield, Patrick (Thomas Patrick John Anson, from 1960 5th earl of Lichfield; 1939-2006), British photographer. Lichfield began photography as a schoolboy at Harrow and, despite family opposition, became a professional after a brief career in the Grenadier Guards (1959-62). After starting with society weddings and child portraits he established himself on the 1960s celebrity and fashion scene, soon working regularly for the Sunday Times, Queen, and American Vogue. In the 1970s he took numerous royal portraits and in 1981 photographed the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. He shot the first of many Unipart calendars in 1979, and worked with companies like Cathay Pacific, Burberry, and Olympus. Though a capable all-rounder, his supreme talent was for glamorizing the beautiful, aristocratic, and famous. Lichfield published extensively and was an intelligent commentator on the photographic scene. He also invested successfully in restaurants and stage productions. [Robin Lenman]