Celebrated Photographer Michael Ward Dies
20 Apr 2011
We're very sad to report that after a long struggle with emphysema, Michael Ward passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
was a fascinating man, full of warm good humour and everyone who ever
had the pleasure of meeting him will mourn him greatly.
He took up photography at the relatively late age of 29 after stints as a
professional musician, model and actor. His first published photograph
was in Woman's Own
magazine; it was a picture of the racing
driver Stirling Moss's wife, Kate, taken on a camera he'd borrowed from
In 1963, on the behest of Honey
magazine, he travelled to
Liverpool to photograph a new pop group of whom he'd never before heard.
The same day The Beatles found out they had gone to Number One
for the first time, Michael spent 24 hours with the band, photographing
them wandering around the streets of their hometown and rehearsing for
and playing one of their last ever gigs at The Cavern club.
Such was the intensity of Michael's subsequent career, those images lay
all but forgotten for 45 years. It was a great privilege for
Genesis to be able to publish them, in 2008, in the limited edition A DAY IN THE LIFE
The same photographs are currently on display at the Genesis House Gallery & Reading
Rooms and, in a recent review, were described as
He went on to enjoy an award-winning career for the Sunday Times
photographing everything from business news and beauty contests to wars and show business.
In 2006 he published his memoirs, Mostly Women
and his photographs have been exhibited at numerous galleries,
including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The National
Portrait Gallery, London. The latter also include a number of Michael's
prints in its permanent collection.
Michael is survived by his fifth wife, the actress Elizabeth Seal, to
whom he was happily married for 40 years, as well as two daughters, a
step-daughter, two sons and 14 grandchildren.
Left: Michael Ward Self Portrait and his photograph of The Beatles at Pier Point Liverpool, 1963