Robert Whitaker was a British photographer 1939-2011. He was well known around the world for his innovative photographic style. Born in England to an English mother and Australian father, he often described himself as, “One part English, one part Aussie lad”. Nicknamed by Mick Jagger as “Super click”. Most well known for his numerous and often shockingly different photo’s of The Beatles from 1964 to 1966. His style was heavily influenced by his good friend Salvador Dali and this can be seen in the Surreal images he took. His straight forward, no holes bared approach to photography left many of his subjects at ease, and allowed him to get closer than others before.
During the 60’s Robert covered many great movers and shakers. Including The Beatles, Eric Clapton’s band “Cream” , Mick Jagger, The Seekers, Cilla Black and many other’s.
Following the Beatles final world tour Robert went back to London, to help create the notorious Hippie magazine “Oz”, with Martin Sharp(Australian Artist).
After this Robert took many shots of his good friend Salvador Dali and also photographed a number of films, such as Mick Jagger is Ned Kelly and Germaine Greer in “Darling do you love me?”
Later, he went on to photograph the Vietnam and Indo-Pakistani War’s. This showed Robert a more dangerous side of photography and after being injured led him to take a bit of a hiatus, and raise a family.
In recent years Robert went on to create a number of exhibitions of his work around the world including exhibits at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Portrait Gallery in England and Australia, The Budokan in Japan, and The Govinda Gallery in USA to name but a few.
Robert passed away in 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind a unique and extraordinary collection of images.