Peter Gowland (April 3, 1916 – March 17, 2010) was a famous American glamour photographer and actor. He was known for designing and building his own studio equipment and was active professionally for six decades.
Gowland shot more than 1,000 magazine covers, mostly glamour shots of female models but also portraits of celebrities including Rock Hudson and Robert Wagner.
Mr. Gowland’s early subjects included Ann-Margret, Joey Heatherton, Yvette Mimieux and Julie Newmar. He was among the first to photograph Jayne Mansfield, who sent thank you notes after photo sessions. At Will Rogers State Beach, one of his favorite locales, he shot Joan Collins and a young Raquel Welch. As his fame grew, he photographed established stars like Deborah Kerr and Rhonda Fleming.
His covers included Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Modern Photography. He invented elite cameras and equipment that he used to shoot pinups and magazine covers. In the late 1950s, Gowland also invented the twin-lens Gowlandflex camera, which used 4-by-5 inch film for high-quality pictures. The camera has since been used by such photographers as Annie Leibovitz and Yousuf Karsh.