April 3, 1916|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Died||March 17, 2010
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Alice Adams (m. 1941–2010)|
Peter Gowland (April 3, 1916 – March 17, 2010) was a famous American glamour photographer and actor. He was known for designing and building his own studio equipment and was active professionally for six decades.
Gowland shot more than 1,000 magazine covers, mostly glamour shots of female models but also portraits of celebrities including Rock Hudson and Robert Wagner. His covers included Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Modern Photography. He invented elite cameras and equipment that he used to shoot pinups and magazine covers. In the late 1950s, Gowland also invented the twin-lens Gowlandflex camera, which used 4-by-5 inch film for high-quality pictures. The camera has since been used by such photographers as Annie Leibovitz and Yousuf Karsh.
Gowland grew up on movie sets and worked as film extra in his youth. He learned photo lighting and techniques from watching movies being shot. The son of Gibson Gowland and Sylvia Andrew, both actors, he acted in at least 12 films, mostly uncredited. He had a small part in Citizen Kane.
The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice
The 1971 human anatomy textbook The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice featured photographs by Gowland in the surface anatomy section. The book was authored by professors R. Frederick Becker, James S. W. Wilson, and John A. Gehweiler, and was met with scandal and a feminist boycott, which resulted in the withdrawal by the publisher after only 5000 copies were distributed.
- Classic Nude Photography, ISBN 1-58428-040-9
- Peter Gowland's New Handbook of Glamour Photography, ISBN 0-517-56898-5
- The Secrets of Photographing Women
- Gowland's Guide to Glamour Photography
- How to Photograph Women 1954 Crown, 7 printings
- Art & Technique of Stereo Photography 1954 Crown
- Figure Photography 1954 Fawcett, 600,000 sold
- How to Take Glamour Photos 1955 Fawcett
- Glamour Techniques 1958 Fawcett
- Photo Secrets 1958 Whitestone
- Glamour Camera 1959 Fawcett
- Face & Figure 1959 Fawcett
- How to Take Better Home Movies 1960 ARCO
- Guide to Electronic Flash 1960 Amphoto
- Photo Ideas 1961 Whitestone
- Peter Gowland Photographs the Figure 1962 Whitestone
- Camera in Hawaii 1963 Whitestone
- Camera in Japan 1964 Whitestone
- Figure Quarterly 1965 Development Corp
- Guide to Glamour Photography 1972 Crown, 16 printings
- Electronic Flash Simplified 1976 Amphoto, 7 printings
- Basic Glamour 1979 School of Modern Photography
- The Secrets of Photographing Women 1981 Crown, 6 printings
- New Handbook of Glamour Photography 1988 Crown - Random House
- Henry Miller Portfolio 18 unbound prints 2000 Roger Jackson Publisher
- Classic Nude Photography 2001 Amherst Media, Inc.
- "Fashion photographer Peter Gowland dies at 93". Retrieved 2010-03-29.[dead link]
- Fashion photographer Peter Gowland dies at 93 blnz.com
- Halperin EC (February 2009). "The pornographic anatomy book? The curious tale of the Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice". Academic Medicine 84 (2): 278–83. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e31819391e2. PMID 19174685.
- "Dr. Edward Halperin Interview". Digitaldukemed.mc.duke.edu. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- "University of Louisville :: News Releases :: Medical dean explores history of teaching anatomy". Php.louisville.edu. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- Official website for Peter Gowland
- Ken Kearney blog, 2007
- Peter Gowland at the Internet Movie Database