Renowned portrait photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, has passed away today at the age of 86.
Although his personal life garnered much attention over the decades—specifically his marriage to, and subsequent divorce from, Princess Margaret—his connection to the Royal family could not have been more beneficial to his career, as he was trusted with taking portraits of the family.
Snowdon also photographed editorials and fashion designers for Vogue, pop-culture icons and celebrities for Vanity Fair, and the people of London for publications including Life magazine. Many of these images went on display at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit Photographs by Snowdon: A Retrospective in 2001, and/or were compiled in the book Snowdon—A Life in View, published by Rizzoli in 2014.
Magazines were not his only connection to fashion. In 2012, Acne Studios partnered with Snowdon to create a book and exhibit of the photographer’s work, both titled Snowdon Blue, in which all of the subjects were wearing blue shirts.
By all accounts, photography came naturally to Snowdon, as did his wit—one liners and quips rolled off his tongue as quickly as he snapped his camera. He was not one to overthink his job. “Photography isn't an art,” he told The Guardian in 2005. When asked what he thought photographers are, he simply responded, “snappers”.
Snowdon is survived by his children.