David Montgomery (photographer)

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David Montgomery
David Montgomery

(1937-02-08) 8 February 1937 (age 83)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Known forPortrait photography

David Montgomery (born 8 February 1937 in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is a photographer known for his portraits of the rich and famous.[2] He studied music at the Juilliard School of Music.[1] He was an assistant to photographer Lester Bookbinder in New York and accompanied him on a working visit to the United Kingdom in the early 1960s and stayed.[3]

Photograph archive[edit]

Montgomery's photographic subjects have included Bill Clinton, Lucian Freud, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Margaret Thatcher, Peter O'Toole and Andy Warhol. His photographs of Andy Warhol have been included in The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.[2] For his photograph of Hendrix, which is shown in the inside cover of the 1968 album Electric Ladyland, Montgomery started a fire using a can of petrol to photograph flames behind Hendrix.[3] He also photographed Queen Elizabeth II in 1967, being the first American to do so, after which he said that he was never frightened of a subject again, going on to photograph five Prime Ministers.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery has been married twice. His first marriage was to a woman named Caroline, with whom he has two daughters, Rebecca Montgomery and Krishna Montgomery.[1] He married his second wife, Martine (née King), in 1982. They have a daughter Marissa Montgomery and a son Max Montgomery, who is also a photographer. He lives with his wife in a five-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Chelsea, London.[2] For a time, he collected guitars as a hobby, and at one time he owned about 20 of them. He has since sold most of them, and by 2014 he had only two remaining.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. p. 1156. ISBN 1-870520-10-6.
  2. ^ a b c d Hussain, Ali (26 January 2014). "David Montgomery talks to Ali Hussain". Money. The Sunday Times. p. 10.
  3. ^ a b Rankin (26 August 2013). "David Montgomery". hungertv.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ The Guardian 24.9.17