September 14, 1939 – February 5, 2019
Renowned photographer Guy Webster, age 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at his home in Ojai, California.
One of the early innovators of rock-and-roll photography, Guy spanned the worlds of music, film, and politics in a stellar career of more than 60 years. While shooting album covers and billboards for groups that included The Rolling Stones, The Mamas & the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and Chicago, he also photographed such film legends as Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Natalie Wood.
As the primary celebrity photographer for countless worldwide magazines, Guy's artistry captured a vast range of talent and luminaries from Igor Stravinsky, Truman Capote and Zubin Mehta to Barbara Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, and many more. Presidential subjects included Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
Guy had a deep love for his devoted wife of 40 years, Leone, for his children Merry, Jessie, Sarah, Erin and Michael, for grandchildren Dylan and Melissa, and for his brother Roger, also known as Mona.
With all his professional successes, Guy’s family, extended family, and wide-ranging group of friends and acquaintances remember him as a raconteur of scintillating stories of his colorful life; for generously reaching out to friends and strangers alike; and for his passion as a collector of vintage Italian motorcycles. Guy also taught and inspired groups of photography students at Oak Grove School in Ojai.
Guy Webster was the personification of a life well lived, and will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the newly established Guy Webster Photography Fund, Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai CA 93023.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
February 18, 2019
I've known Guy many years..I used to massage him..sit at the coffee place in town and share modeling day stories and talk about motorcycles. Guy was my friend. I always felt so comfortable talking to him about anything at all. He never forgot to say I love you when we parted ways and give me a great big Guy hug. He was an absolute sweetheart and I shall miss him so much..💞💞💞
February 17, 2019
I met Guy Webster through Alan Cohen, they both were my customers. I am the Dent Doctor. Over the years, I repaired many of Guy's cars (painting). We used to have a wonderful conversations, whether over his motorcycles collections, amazing pictures, or traveling abroad.
More than a customer he was a good friend. Guy, I will miss you, and every time that I make the drive to Ojai I will smile remembering our lengthy conversations.
February 11, 2019
I was originally friends with Roger at Beverly High. We grew up just 4 blocks apart in Bev Hills. Unlike many of the show biz kids of that era, Guy was genuine, unique, and had great character and values. I got to know Guy from being in the same Ft Ord Army Reserve basic training unit. We commuted together from Beverly Hills to Ft Ord most weekends. My 95 year old, pianist/composer mom still comments about chatting with PFW when dropping me at the Webster home. When we couldn’t get home, we wandered around Carmel and Monterey searching for interesting foto opps. Guy ridiculed the huge fad for Nikon and similar SLR gear, preferring to squeeze every possible value out of his classic little Leica viewfinder camera. He spent most nights in the Ft Ord photo lab developing and printing. He taught me a lot about photography which would prove valuable in my future business as a mail order catalog operation. On one of the few occasions when I saw him after the army, we had a great talk comparing my love for Italian bicycles with his for the motorcycles. The last time I saw Guy was 1989 at his home in Ojai. Now that he’s gone, I’m so sorry about letting our friendship lapse. Guy took this photo of me at Ft Ord in 1962..