The collection of Ray Leighton; Private collection, Sydney
After the second world war, Leighton opened his own photographic studio in Grosvenor Street, specialising in fashion – especially swimsuits – advertising, and general commercial photography. His reputation as one of the top swimsuit photographers began early in his career and recall the days when not only photographers but models, too, had to improvise.
Ever a ladies man it would seem, The Sydney Morning Herald noted in Leighton’s obituary that at his “surprise 75th birthday party he must have been in seventh heaven: a photograph shows a smiling Ray surrounded by his guests – no men, but 31 extraordinarily attractive, beautifully dressed women.”
Image shows Pat Crum, Lillian Galvin, Pam Toyer, Pam Inch and (Lillian’s sister) Dorothy Galvin on hollow boards at Manly. This photograph was printed from an inter-neg in 1998 for Leighton’s agent, Josef Lebovic.