Pin-up and Glamour Photographer Peter Gowland Dies at 93

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Peter Gowland, one of the most accomplished pin-up photographers of the era, died last month in Las Angeles.

At one time, Gowland was a name closely associated with the likes of Ann-Margret, Jayne Mansfield, Joan Collins and Raquel Welch.  He photographed some of the most beautiful women in the world, and paved the way for other pin-up and glamour photographers.

Gowland wrote a total of 26 photography books including 1953's "How to Photograph Women."  He was also an inventor, and created the twin-lens Gowlandflex camera, which has since been used by Annie Leibovitz, Yousuf Karsh, and the F.B.I.

He was born into a family of actors, and got his start in photography at 15, when he used his first camera to photograph stars on the set.  After serving as a photographer in World War II, he married Alice Adams, who served as his assistant for his entire career.

Gowland continued shooting into the 90's, and accomplished more than most photographers could ever dream of, but he had one regret.  He never did get to photograph Marilyn Monroe.