Sanford Roth Elizabeth Taylor and Her Husband Mike Wilding Play Bullfight
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1952c Print Date 1952c
Dimensions 9-1/2 x 12 in. (241 x 305 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Photographer's stamp and Rapho stamp, plus other identifications and notations on the verso. A typed paper caption is on the verso: "On a Sunday morning at home, Wildings, both bullfight fans, burlesque charge of the bull. Liz bought matador's jacket in Spain; Mike wears straw mask such as Spanish children use to play at bullfighting."
Sanford H. Roth (1906-1962) was an internationally known photographer whose work has appeared in Time, Life, Look, Fortune, Paris Match, Elle, Der Stern, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Oggi, People, and other publications. His photographs of James Dean still appear regularly. Sanford Roth was in the car behind James Dean when he died in the tragic car accident. He took the now-famous post-accident photographs. Out of respect for his friends and family, he destroyed the negatives of Dean. Sanford Roth died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy, while preparing to work on the film Cleopatra in 1962.
His work has appeared in Time, Life, Look, Fortune, Paris Match, Elle, Der Stern, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Oggi and People.
Roth's work is held in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Israel Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Musee de la Photographie Ville de Mougins le Maire, the Norton Simon Museum of Art, the Getty Museum Research Center, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
Elizabeth's second husband was Michael Wilding. She was married to him from 1952-1957. Taylor had two sons, Michael Howard (born January 6, 1953) and Christopher Edward (born February 27, 1955), with Wilding.
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