ALICE COOPER Love It To Death Album Photographer Roger Prigent Dies At 89

December 17, 2012, 6 years ago

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Roger Prigent, photographer of ALICE COOPER's Love It To Death album cover and antiquarian, has passed away at 89.

Roger Prigent, who gave up a promising career in fashion photography when his eyesight began to fail three decades ago and who became a prominent Manhattan antiques dealer, leading a popular new wave in French Empire furnishings, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He died at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center of complications of a recent stroke that had left him in a coma, said Lithgow Osborne, his business manager.

Mr. Prigent received a diagnosis of macular degeneration in the late 1970s and had been blind for the last decade, Mr. Osborne said.

A French expatriate and a protégé of the New York fashion photographer Lillian Bassman, Mr. Prigent, a colleague of Richard Avedon, whom he idolized, photographed the great modeling swans of Diane von Furstenberg and other postwar designers for the covers of and glossy spreads in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, McCall’s and The Ladies’ Home Journal for nearly 30 years, from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.

Editors said his imaginative camera, moving from studios to the sidewalks of New York, Paris, Rome and other capitals of fashion, elongated the giraffe neck of Suzy Parker and with a simple wisp of veil lent mystery to the elegant eyes of Dovima, even as the models’ swimsuits, sheaths, wraps, furs, bags, shoes and hats crept subconsciously into the mind.

Mr. Prigent’s subjects for the covers of TV Guide were mainstays of entertainment: SONNY AND CHER, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Leslie Uggams — and his photographs lighted the covers of record albums by BARBRA STREISAND, Alice Cooper and others.

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