b.1942 - d.2020
After graduating in law at Cambridge University, Peter Webb moved to New York where he worked as assistant to photographer and film director Howard Kieff. After a year, Webb returned to London and made his name as an advertising photographer with award-winning campaigns for Olivetti, Martell Brandy, White Horse Whisky and his Hovis "Carpenter" poster, which won a D&AD Black Pencil in 1971. The Olivetti campaign led to an introduction to the Rolling Stones, and Webb photographed the band for its Sticky Fingers album session in the same year.
He's best known for this photoshoot with the Rolling Stones for their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. An outtake from the session entitled "Falling Stones" was voted by Q magazine as one of the top 100 best Rock & Roll photographs of all time.
Webb founded his own commercial production company, Park Village, in 1972. Over the next 3 decades, Park Village won the Palme D'Or twice at Cannes as the top commercials company world wide and Webb has won over 50 of the premier National and International Commercials awards.
In 1977 Webb won a Bafta for his short film adaptation of the Damon Runyon story Butch Minds the Baby. As a commercials director he picked up more than 100 international awards with Park Village winning the Cannes Palme D'Or twice and three black Pencils and it was recently named in the top five most-awarded companies of the past 50 years by D&AD.
In 1982 he was hired by Paul McCartney to direct a one-hour TV special entitled Give My Regards To Broad Street, based on a McCartney penned 22-page storyline. Broad Street, subsequently expanded to attract a 70-minute network sale, was sold in mid-production to 20th Century Fox and released theatrically worldwide. With Golden Globe and BAFTA Nominations for Best Original Song for "No More Lonely Nights," Broad Street has returned as a best-selling Fox DVD, allowing a younger audience to enjoy the live performance of McCartney's most famous Beatles, Wings and solo McCartney compositions.
Sadly, Peter passed away August 10, 2020.