William Figge

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William Figge (1919?–1976[1]) was a professional photographer who, along with his wife Melba, ran a photography studio in Glendale, California. Figge was a combat photographer in World War II. After the war, he failed to find work as a cinematographer, so he stayed with photography and specialised in portraiture, shooting weddings and contributing to Playboy Magazine. Notably, he discovered many Playmates at weddings. Bill Figge, as he is sometimes called, shot 48 gatefolds and 3 covers. The couple ceased contributing to Playboy when the magazine became more risqué in the 1980s.[2]

Bill and Melba had three sons, (Greg, Stephan and Eric,) and one daughter (Leslie). Greg and Leslie run the studio that their parents began, Figge Studios.[1][3] Eric, the only child to have formal education photography, photographs architecture professionally.[4]

Gatefolds[edit]

April 1965 - Sue Williams

May 1965 - Maria McBane

October 1965 - Allison Parks

1966 Playmate of Year - Allison Parks

June 1966 - Kelly Burke

July 1966 - Tish Howard

November 1966 - Lisa Baker

July 1967 - Heather Ryan

1967 Playmate of Year - Lisa Baker

November 1967 - Kaya Christian

December 1967 - Lynn Winchell

February 1968 - Nancy Harwood

March 1968 - Michelle Hamilton

April 1968 - Gaye Rennie

September 1968 - Dru Hart

February 1969 - Lorrie Menconi

April 1969 - Lorna Hopper

July 1969 - Nancy McNeil

January 1970 - Jill Taylor

March 1970 - Chris Koren

June 1970 - Elaine Morton

August 1970 - Sharon Olivia Clark

1971 Playmate of Year - Sharon Olivia Clark

June 1972 - Debbie Davis

August 1972 - Linda Summers

March 1973 - Bonnie Large

August 1973 - Phyllis Coleman

October 1973 - Valerie Lane

March 1974 - Pamela Zinszer

September 1975 - Mesina Miller

May 1979 - Michele Drake [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tetrault, Sharon (2003-09). Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. 
  2. ^ Sandham, Lindsay. "Behind the camera of '60s Playboys". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Figge Studios Website". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ O'Dell, John (1992-09-22). "Architecture Photos Were Worth a Shot : His Parents Are Noted for Portraiture, but Erig Figge Branched Out Into Buildings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Bill Figge Playboy Photographer". Retrieved 2010-08-31.