RED CANOE 1957, Supima ©William Helburn
DOVIMA UNDER THE EI, Dior, 1956 ©William Helburn
Helburn’s first work in photography came at the close of World War II, when he was part of the team that processed the first pictures of the atom bomb exploding over Hiroshima. Inspired soon after by then‐partner Ted Croner’s encounter with model Lisa Fonssagrives posing naked on skis, Helburn entered the fashion world in 1947, shooting neophyte models like Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren while studying graphic design with legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch. Success followed soon after for Helburn, along with a rich social life that included many of the most famous fashion models and celebrities of his era along with frequent turns on the road racing circuit, driving Ferraris at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Havana and Nassau.
Joanna McCormick, Janet Randy, Betsy Pickering, and Gretchen Harris, Park Avenue South, New York, circa 1958 ©William Helburn
Model Sunny Griffin says working with Helburn was “sexy” and for decades Helburn photographed and socialized with the world’s most beautiful women, including Dorian Leigh, Dovima, Suzy Parker, Jean Shrimpton, Barbara Mullen, Angela Howard, Jean Patchett, Lauren Hutton and Sharon Tate. Helburn became a successful director of TV commercials in the early 1980s. He left the industry a decade later to raise his children.
Suzy Parker, circa 1959 ©William Helburn
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