The website www.telegraph.co.uk reports that photographer Martin Elliott has died of cancer. The artist became famouse for taking the infamous “Tennis Girl” poster of a sexy player exposing her bottom.
According to the article, Mr Elliott took the picture in 1976 while he was a photography student, using his girlfriend at the time, Fiona Butler, 18, as the model. “She borrowed a white tennis dress, a racket and balls and Martin took a photo of her from behind as she lifted her dress and touched her bare bum. He sold the image to poster chain Athena and it went on to become one of the most famous images in the world. It was first published it as part of a calendar for the 1977 Silver Jubilee – the same year Virginia Wade achieved the Wimbledon ladies single title. The picture – called Tennis Girl – went on to sell more than two million copes in Athena shops and continued to sell millions after the firm went bust in the 1990s.”
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Photo by Martin Elliott