William Bradford Hubbell
August 21, 1934 – September 12, 2020
William (“Bill”) Bradford Hubbell, Jr. died of the effects of Parkinson's Disease on September 12, 2020. His wisdom and graciousness, great love of family, and deep awareness of and interest in the world around him inspired his love of photography and created heartfelt connections with family and friends.
Bill was born to William Bradford Hubbell and Dorothy Twyeffort Hubbell in New York City on August 21, 1934 and grew up in Bedford, New York. He attended Bedford's One Room Schoolhouse, The Rippowam School, Deerfield Academy, and Princeton University. He also enrolled in courses at Columbia University and Yale University. Following college, he served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He found his passion and profession in photography. He remembered being interested in photography at the age of twelve. By the time he was a college student, he had discovered that he could make a living at his hobby.
After apprenticeships with photographers at world-renowned Magnum Photos, he began full-time work as an independent, shooting primarily for corporate and advertising accounts. Soon afterward, he began traveling abroad and took photographs for such magazines as National Geographic, Time, and Life. He went on to serve a three-year stint as a writer and photographer for the U.S. Information Agency in Japan, Korea, and southeast Asia.
Returning home, Bill headed the photography department at Guidance Associates, the educational audio-visual division of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. He worked both behind the camera and as an executive at Harcourt Brace where he produced educational videos for schools and a movie called "Echoes". He then went out on his own, exploring all facets of photography from food to portraits and architecture to landscapes. He produced several books: Connecticut, New England Coast, Safe Harbor, Seasons of Maine, Portland and Good Fences; and collaborated on each of the Stamford (CT) and Greenwich (CT) books celebrating their respective 350th anniversaries.
He was a builder of stone walls; a world traveler; a farmer; a maker of fudge, Christmas punch, or a sandwich of tomatoes just picked off the vine; a floor refinisher; copper polisher; handyman; grower of prize-winning dahlias; film-maker; a devoted groomer to his beloved dogs Kodak, Domino, and Oscar; and a lover of all things chocolate. He was fascinated by history and nature. He recorded the life he saw around him, from his children growing up to the changes in the seasons. He enjoyed revitalizing old houses and antiques, bringing them back to usefulness and beauty. He was a consummate gentleman.
Because he chose a nontraditional occupation, he encouraged his children and step-children to choose their own paths and supported them in following their dreams. Parkinson's, to paraphrase the Paul Simon song, “took his Kodachrome away”, but he kept his positive outlook, sense of humor, and appreciation for the people and things he enjoyed in his life. Bill is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jean Hubbell, of Falmouth, ME; his daughter Drika Costantino and her husband Anthony of Cos Cob, CT; his son Brad Hubbell and his wife Suzanne Daily, and their three children, Zack Hubbell, Alex Hubbell, and Corinne Daily of Mill Valley, CA; his step-son Tim Lackey and his wife Heidi of Whitefield, ME; his step-daughter Amanda Murray, her husband Rob, and their four children, Eliza and Hannah Cote and Daniel and Jonah Murray, of Yarmouth, ME; and by his sister, Anne Hubbell French of Norwich, VT and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth (“Libby”) Hubbell of Asheville, NC. He was predeceased by his brother John Twyeffort Hubbell and his step-son William Davis (“Dave”) Lackey, Jr.. He also maintained a friendship with his first wife, Marian Bingham, of Old Lyme, CT. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but his spirit and clear eye remain not only in all the pictures he took, but also in the hearts of those who love him.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
William Bradford Hubbell
September 23, 2020
Dear Jean -- We are so very sorry to hear that Bill passed away. He was a dear soul. His warm smile and graceful humor were a source of delight during our many times together at church, in choir, and at fellowship activites. We send our sincerest condolences.
Sandy & Andre' Plette
September 21, 2020
Jean & family
Please accept our condolences for your loss. Bill was certainly always the ultimate gentleman.
He was kind enough to send me a best wishes card when I was recovering from surgery in the late 90's for which I have always been very appreciative.
We also particularly enjoyed the photography in his Portland, City By The Sea book .
Keith & Nancy Jones
September 21, 2020
Dear Jean I was so sorry to read of Bill's passing in the Sunday paper. Parkinson's is such a devastating disease (my brother has it and is in a nursing home presently) but watching the debilitation of the disease is horrible. Bill was such a great gentleman and how pleased I was to get to know just a little bit of him and you when we "worked" together. It was always a pleasure to see him and you as he always was so interested in everything--I am so happy that you got to spend so much time together. My sympathy and prayers to you and the rest of the family as you grieve his loss.